Tim Hecker’s forthcoming album, Love Streams, is released on April 8th. His debut release for 4AD, the notorious electronic composer today releases the first taste from the album, a track entitled ‘Castrati Stack’.
Inspired by notions of 15th century choral scores transposed to an artificial intelligence-era language of digital resonance and bright synths, Love Streams was assembled gradually, with layers of studio-tracked keyboards, choir and woodwinds being woven into the mix, then molded and disfigured through complex programming. ‘Castrati Stack’ continues to showcase Hecker’s remarkable ability to find balance between raucous dissonance and a meditative lament that has long marked his works.
Accompanying the release of the track comes a video from Brett Stabler, which you can now watch via the 4AD YouTube channel here, or in the player above. You can stream the track on Spotify here. Viewers in Germany can watch the video here.
The Love Streams sessions took place throughout 2014 and 2015 at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland – where parts of both previous albums Virgins and Ravedeath, 1972 were tracked – with Hecker reuniting with the same crew of collaborators from Virgins (Kara-Lis Coverdale, Grímur Helgason) and bolstered by the Icelandic Choir Ensemble, whose vocal arrangements were scored by Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson. The album artwork was designed by Angela Bolliger, and you can read an interview about the project here.
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