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Konoyo

Tim Hecker

Konoyo

Ninth studio album from Montreal based electronic musician and sound artist

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
kranky
UK Release date
28/09/2018
US Release date
28/09/2018
  1. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Record by record, Tim Hecker has solidified his position as one of the most important experimental, electronic music producers of this generation
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    A refined, focused exploration of traditions both adhered to and transcended
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  3. 9.0 |   The 405

    The brilliance of Konoyo is that Hecker’s compositions would be just as stirring with a completely analog, unmanipulated approach, but his exploration of how far sounds can go is done out of curiosity, not indifference
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  4. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Konoyo is a heavy album, emotionally speaking, in a way that is difficult to explain, yet can be expressed in a way that only someone like Tim Hecker would know
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  5. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    For once, Hecker has not conquered; he has submitted
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  6. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    That you may find yourself frozen in a listening state is evidence of Hecker's genius and there's always something more profound about finding yourself in that state unwittingly. He reaches for and finds spaces on shelves in a cupboard behind a wall separating you from a dimension you didn't know existed. Konoyo represents his farthest reach
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  7. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    On the least dense and most inquisitive album of his career, the experimental musician creates a fascinating dialogue between his technology and some of the world’s most ancient instruments
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  8. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    By embracing pockets chaos, Tim Hecker continues to move forward
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  9. 8.4 |   Resident Advisor

    The sounds of a traditional Japanese gagaku ensemble mutated into rich drones...Hecker remains irreducible as a composer
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    Konoyo takes several listens to fully appreciate, as do most Hecker releases, but it's another excellent example of the distinct mixture of bleakness and majesty which he excels at creating
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Japanese forms abstracted by ambient dystopias
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  12. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Konoyo exists as a glorious symphony that brings together the starkness of electronic experimentation and the human warmth of traditional acoustics into an astonishing whole
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  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    As challenging and transcendent as anything in his back catalogue
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  14. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Ambient music icon runs traditional Japanese instruments through a funhouse mirror
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  15. 7.0 |   Clash

    To be ambient in feeling, to be ambient in song, to be ambient in devotion - this is Hecker’s project
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  16. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Konoyo draws inspiration from Tokyo Gaksu, players of gagaku, a Japaneses classical music. Print edition only

  17. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Long avant narratives and moments of shimmering beauty
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  18. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Despite its flaws, Tim Hecker's ninth studio album Konoyo is still more than a worthwhile listen
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