Tim Hecker: Mirages

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Tim Hecker’s latest full-length, Mirages, is a lesson of darkness, a midnight whisper revealing its true essence to the listener: an ambient-death-metal classic in waiting.

Taking inspiration from Italian partigiani and the counter-attack of the anti-Vichyists, Hecker has issued a salvo against all tourists of melancholy, from trustafarian pseudo-leftists to the Ikea nihilists of the boboist rive droite. While some artists seem eager to explore new-age or “organic” solutions to electronic music, Hecker solves the Rubik’s cube and penetrates the liquid magma, revealing the truths of dirty sodium light pollution, love on the rocks, and toothhunting in the garden of evil. With its motifs of eroticism and torture, militancy, and ecstatic pain, Mirages also points backwards towards the Viking penchant for fighting and feasting. Don’t be mistaken though by insufficient musical descriptors – this is also a work of unsheathed tenderness.

Indeed, Hecker demonstrates a penchant for the romantic by drawing in a den of noteworthy interlocutors, including fellow Montrealers le Fly Pan Am, Christof Migone, David Bryant, as well as his Australian compatriot Oren Ambarchi.

Having already released a half-dozen LPs under a variety of guises, Hecker’s Mirages is the succession to the critically acclaimed Radio Amor (2003), released on the curious Mille Plateaux imprint. Hecker is thrilled at returning to Alien8 Recordings which also released his somewhat more sentimental Haunt Me (2001) and My Love is Rotten to the Core (2002). We hope you find, as we do, Mirages further erodes the vapid predispositions of electronic music, uncovering a terrain where dissonance and melody coincide in a near-bohemian unison. Hecker has certainly developed a unique approach to music in an increasingly overcrowded and generic field. This is a challenging work which reconciles a highly experimental approach to songcraft that is at once beautiful and unnerving. As Mr. Hecker explains: “Mirages is the sound of the ruby-horned deer sharing sweet lies in the night.”


Fall is for lovers
dismissing with a glance the inherent minimalism/nihilism.

as leaves fall in

rainbow blood flowing in and out of your heart

neanderthal , fertility rites

- Quote from the artist.

Release date: September 20, 2004

Label: Alien8 Recordings

Album cover for Mirages by Tim Hecker
Downloadable/Playable Tracks
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1 Acéphale 4:56 $0.99
2 Neither More Nor Less 3:09 $0.99
3 Aerial Silver 3:37 $0.99
4 Celestina 4:30 $0.99
5 Counter Attack 2:12 $0.99
6 The Truth Of Accountants 2:20 $0.99
7 Aerial Light-Pollution Orange 3:09 $0.99
8 Non Mollare 1:10 $0.99
9 Kaito 3:07 $0.99
10 Balkanize-You 8:34 $0.99
11 Incurably Optimistic! 10:37 $0.99
Full Downloadable Album 47:21 $7.99
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