It is somewhat hard to believe that Tim Hecker‘s forthcoming LP, Ravedeath, 1972, was mostly recorded over one day inside an Icelandic church whose pipe organ served as the main sound source. Listening to “Hatred of Music I,” Hecker has obviously utilized other various sound sources (piano, guitar feedback, etc.) and manipulated them, along with the pipe organ, into a blissful oblivion, but there is still a mystery to how Hecker can take these seemingly simple elements and twist them into deep, consuming, other-worldly compositions. “Hatred of Music I” is the first taste of what’s to come on Ravedeath, 1972 and it does not disappoint, sounding as beautifully rich and natural as any Hecker composition to date. The piece starts with a few slow piano notes that are quickly washed away into the vastness of guitar feedback, organ drones, and indiscernible angelic layers of noise that seem to slow down time as they pass over you. Ravedeath, 1972 will be available on February 14. (via Stereogum)

Hatred of Music I