Tim Hecker is constantly bringing a sense of menace to the ranks of ambient electronics and there's plenty of that to be had here. Though An Imaginary Country softens the edges just a little bit from Hecker's past work, at the heart of this album there remains an uneasiness with tranquility. Whenever it seems he's about to lapse too far into swirling tranquility, Hecker intensifies the pulse or deconstructs the beauty with a wash of distortion. Still there are some really beautiful moments that exist betweens waves of paranoia on this album; lost voices and looming strings. But even the most beautiful moments are tinged with an overwhelming sense of sadness that's as crushing as it is relieving. Hecker's work has always lent itself well to isolation and stillness and this album's release bodes well with the cold months ahead. Match this with a pair of headphones and the icy pinch of frost on the back of your neck.
[MP3] Tim Hecker - Borderlands
[MP3] Tim Hecker - Paragon Point
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