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Tim Hecker Announces New Album 'Love Streams', His First for 4AD

The LP is "Inspired by notions of 15th century choral scores, transposed to an artificial intelligence-era language of digital resonance and bright synths​."
January 27, 2016, 5:38pm

Love Streams album art courtesy of the label

Canadian composer, Tim Hecker, has just announced details about a new album. Love Streams will mark his eighth solo record, as well as his debut on influential independent label, 4AD.

According to the press release, the LP is "inspired by notions of 15th century choral scores (particularly those by Josquin des Prez), transposed to an artificial intelligence-era language of digital resonance and bright synths." Hecker also adds that it is informed by notions of "liturgical aesthetics after [the Kanye West album] Yeezus" and the "transcendental voice in the age of auto-tune."

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Like its two predecessors, 2013's Virgins and 2011's Ravedeath, 1972, Love Streams was recorded at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland. The sessions, which took place over the course of 2014 and 2015, saw Hecker reconvene with Virgins collaborators Kara-Lis Coverdale, Canadian composer, and Grímur Helgason, clarinetist.

Regarding the album's title, Hecker claims abstractly that it is a "a riff on the ubiquity and nihilism of streaming of all forms of life."

Love Streams will see release on April 8, and is available for preorder from the 4AD store here. For those that act quickly, there are is also an exclusive transparent double LP edition limited to 500 copies. Check out the tracklist as well as Hecker's currently announced tour dates below, and stay tuned for updates as more are added.

Tracklist:

A1. Obsidian Counterpoint
A2. Music of the Air
A3. Bijie Dream
B1. Live Leak Instrumental
B2. Violet Monumental I
B3. Violet Monumental II
C1. Up Red Bull Creek
C2. Castrati Stack
C3. Voice Crack
D1. Collapse Sonata
D2. Black Phase

Tour Dates:

April

7th - Union, Los Angeles CA, US [Tickets]
14th - Warsaw, New York NY, US [Tickets]

May

5th - St John's Sessions, London, UK [Tickets]
7th - Donau Festival, Krems, Austria [Tickets]
19th - 21st - Moog Festival, Durham NC, US [Tickets]

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