"2016’s Most Anticipated Experimental LP" - Rolling Stone
"A hugely involving, weirdly moving experience: over the course of its 43 minutes, it variously feels blissful, soothing, profoundly creepy, uplifting and cathartic." - The Guardian **** (Album of the Week)
"The word “immersive” is bandied about a lot, but Hecker’s work really is." - The Observer ****
"Marks a subtle shift in Hecker's habitual style, a pivot away from his hazy trademark" - Pitchfork (8.2)
"His music is ravishing in a way that transcends method and context. Radically beautiful." - Uncut (8/10)
"A record that’s serene on the surface but with a dark undertow." - MOJO ****
"Wholly absorbing…That you are compelled to stay listening…is proof of this record’s eerie power." - Q ****
"Thrilling in its evocation of a seamless connection between the physical and the synthetic" - New York Times
"He makes for a turbulent sonic trip that ultimately feels redemptive" - Resident Advisor
"Borderline spiritual" –The FADER
"Very few composers can achieve this kind of beauty or this kind of experimentation, and yet Hecker does both, time and time again." - Consequence of Sound
"It is clear from Love Streams, with its increased manipulation of vocals and wider palette, that he is becoming braver." - The Wire
"Love Streams is both a masterpiece of contemporary composition and of emotional sensitivity" - The Quietus
Love Streams, the highly anticipated new album by Tim Hecker, is released worldwide today.
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 (Ben Frost, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Grímur Helgason) and bolstered by the Icelandic Choir Ensemble, whose vocal arrangements were scored by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Today Hecker hosted a Reddit AMA here to celebrate the release of Love Streams, and dropped a new video for 'Black Phase', directed by Brett Stabler. You can now watch below.
Listen to a selection of Hecker’s past and current collaborators on Spotify, ranging from Jóhann Jóhannsson, Ben Frost, Oneohtrix Point Never and more here. You can also listen to a playlist of the choral influences behind the Love Streams, such as Josquin Des Prez, here.
Tim Hecker will present Love Streams at live shows throughout 2016, beginning with the following shows this Spring:
5th - St John’s Sessions, London, UK [Tickets]
7th - Donau Festival, Krems, Austria [Tickets]
9th - Gnration, Braga, Portugal [Tickets]
10th - Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal [Tickets]
12th - Berghain, Berlin, Germany
13th - Rewire Session #1 @ Korzo Theatre, Den Haag, The Netherlands [Tickets]
14th - La Graviere, Geneva, Switzerland [Tickets]
15th - St. Luke's, Glasgow, UK [Tickets]
16th - Academy, Manchester, UK [Tickets]
19th - 21st - Moog Festival, Durham NC, US [Tickets]