A year and a half after his last album ‘Ravedeath, 1972′, Tim Hecker is preparing to return with his seventh LP, ‘Virgins’. Due for release through Kranky on 14 Oct, the album was recorded in Reykjavik, Montreal and Seattle in 2012, using live ensembles of woodwind, piano and synth players.
Fans of Hecker will recognise his minimalist sound on ‘Virginal II’, the first track to be released from the new album. However, it also marks a development in many ways. How the rest of the album will sound we’re yet to see, but this track certainly has less of an obviously electronic slant to it, seeming to hold more of the original recording than ‘Ravedeath, 1972′, on which there was more obvious post-production work bending and distorting the live performances.
Listen to ‘Virginal II’ here: