For his fourth full-length (and first for ambient mainstay, Kranky) it's difficult to pinpoint just what makes Tim Hecker's Harmony in the Ultraviolet such a high water mark in laptop music. There's no paradigm shift (a la Christian Fennesz's Endless Summer), no sweeping statement, just a tactile sense of craftsmanship. Both granular and grandiose, Hecker's washes of guitar and computer voodoo evince a sedulous sense of flow. The aqueous imagery isn't coincidental — HitUV feels oceanic, almost like the sentient body of water from the movie Solaris. Within its abstract waves and turbid depths lie submerged emotions, which Hecker deftly draws to the surface.
By Jayson Greene on 09.15.14 in Features
The thoughtfully curated and intimate festival brings together Swans, gamelan, Majical Cloudz, and more.
By Andrew Parks on 06.20.14 in News
Canada's Polaris Music Prize has revealed this year's longlist, including such welcome left field selections as Gorguts, Jessy Lanza, Mac DeMarco and Owen Pallett. The 40 potential $30,000 prize winners will be whittled...
By Andrew Parks on 05.23.14 in News
The creative team behind Upstate New York's BasilicaSoundScape festival — including Pitchfork senior editor Brandon Stosuy, manager Brian De Ran (Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance) and former Hole bassist Melissa Auf De...
By Andrew Parks on 01.08.14 in Collections
Kranky Records celebrated its 20th anniversary late last year with four hometown shows — including rare sets from Grouper and Stars of the Lid. Given the communal, all-join-hands spirit of that celebration, it seemed lik...