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.