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RAVEDEATH, 1972

Tim Hecker

 

Progressive Electronic

4.17 | 11 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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4 stars 7/10

"Ravedeath,1972" is a perfect soundtrack to dystopia.

Tim Hecker is an ambient musician that has been around for while, and I just have never heard of him, until "Ravedeath,1972" came out.

Basically Hecker's music is a mix between ambient, drone, and even a little bit of noise music, although these genre aren't really mixed up together like they were forming a sort of pie, in fact these moments are carefully alternated. Mostly, the album is made of atmospheric synth sounds, but piano and organ are very frequent as well, especially in the multi part songs. The musician certainly owns a lot to electronic musicians like Brian Eno, Klaus Schulze, and many others.

The album has a very impressive structure: twelve songs, all of them have a perfect flow from one another, creating one epic fifty minute piece of music, which seems to be divided by twelve just for comfort. The concept of the album is very dark, because of the post-apocalyptic tones the songs have. There are some tracks here divided into 2 (Hatred Of Music), or even 3 parts (In The Fog, In The Air), but honestly I find that many parts of these movements can be boring and not really that evocative as they wanted to be. But the single songs, like the ethereal "The Piano Drop" or "No Drums", as well as some creepier, more tense parts like "Studio Suicide" and "Analog Paralysis, 1978".

An album that was praised by many during this year, and I can definitely see why. But I can't help having a few doubts about it, even though it's still a very enjoyable listen all the way through.

EatThatPhonebook | 4/5 |

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