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Konoyo KRANKY 7/10 Un­der Ja­panese in­flu­ence. cana­dian pro­ducer’s ninth

Tim Hecker’s sig­na­ture am­bi­ence might be de­scribed as an af­ter­math – the fall­out to a mu­si­cal ex­plo­sion that has taken place else­where. Key Hecker works like 2011’s es­sen­tial Ravedeath, 1972 (piano, Ice­landic church or­gan) orig­i­nate with source ma­te­rial then atom­ised into an en­gross­ing, of­ten tur­bu­lent vapour trail. Af­ter 2016’s Love Streams (voice), Konoyo draws in­spi­ra­tion from Tokyo Gaksu, play­ers of gagaku, a Ja­panese clas­si­cal mu­sic. You can dis­cern this in the gen­tle drones and flut­ing of the open­ing “This Life”, but it’s soon all trans­formed by the pro­ducer – as it is on the fizzing “Keyed Out” or the lovely “Mother Earth Phase” – to a sub­or­di­nate role in Hecker’s rather more epic sonic drama.

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