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Stream Hundred Waters Down From The Rafters Remix EP

Hundred Waters are preparing to release their Down From The Rafters Remix EP, and the full thing hit the internet today. The timing is convenient: The Florida ambient experimentalists are out on tour with Interpol right now. Below, check out the full EP, featuring the original plus new versions by Huxley, the Field, and Tim… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 4, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Tim Hecker – “Amps, Drugs, Mellotron”

“Amps, Drugs, Harmonium” was one of the few moments on drone god Tim Hecker’s Virgins that was just purely pretty as opposed to being pretty while also making your ears bleed. It was also one of the best spots on one of the most adored experimental albums of 2013. Now for his contribution to the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 7, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Majical Cloudz – “Savage (Tim Hecker Remix)”

Majical Cloudz are currently poised for exposure to a massive new audience now that they’re going to open for Lorde on her North American tour. The group’s first release since that news certainly says something about how to handle that exposure when you’re a duo that works best in intimate stillness and searing emotional catharsis. More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 30, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Adult Swim Announces 5th Singles Series With Deafheaven, Run The Jewels, Speedy Ortiz, & More

For the last several years Adult Swim has curated a series of singles released throughout the summer. They’ve put out some fantastic tracks in the past, but for the fifth series, coming this summer, they’ve completely outdone themselves, enlisting a dizzying array of artists from Speedy Ortiz to Tim Hecker, from Deafheaven to Run The… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 2, 2014 - 1:38 pm

The Field – “No. No… (Tim Hecker Mix)”

While talking about the creation of Cupid’s Head, his most recent album as the Field, techno producer Axel Willner often said the centerpiece “No. No…” was the track that inspired and unlocked the creation of the rest of the album. It’s fitting then that that song has been given a remix EP. Here drone/noise musicia… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 11, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Big Ears Festival 2014 Lineup

Since 2009 the Big Ears Festival has brought a massive slate of experimental music to Knoxville, Tennessee, and they’ve just announced their lineup for next spring (the festival occurs during the weekend of March 28-30). It’s kind of hard to contain my excitement here since I’m a sucker for this sort of thing, but if… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 4, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Five Years In, Brooklyn Record Label Mexican Summer Deserves To Be Celebrated

This weekend, the Brooklyn-based record label Mexican Summer will celebrate five years in business with a two-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring label artists, alumni, and friends at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook. With a lineup that spans from living legends (Spiritualized, Ariel Pink) to underground mainstays (No Joy, the Fresh… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 11, 2013 - 10:21 am

Stream Tim Hecker Virgins

It’s been an incredible year for experimental music. From the returns of Wolf Eyes and Hair Police and the debut of Pharmakon at the beginning of the year, 2013 is closing out with excellent albums from James Ferraro, Laurel Halo, and Oneohtrix Point Never. Add Tim Hecker to that list, because Virgins is possibly hi… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 7, 2013 - 11:30 am

Tim Hecker – “Black Refraction” Video

While previous records by Tim Hecker like Harmony In Ultraviolet come at you in movements, building to a sort of heavy peak, his recent work has ebbed and flowed with the menace of a riptide. Virgins, due out next month, is the best example of that — in fact the push/pull between chaos and grace… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 26, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Tim Hecker – “Virginal ll”

It seems almost inappropriate to listen to “Virginal II” without hearing the larger context of Tim Hecker’s upcoming album Virgins. The drone artist’s very best work, including 2006’s Harmony In Ultraviolet and 2011’s Ravedeath, 1972 plays out like journeys, with impeccable curation and tracking. Still it’s hard not to get excited by this new track,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 27, 2013 - 4:25 pm

2012 In Review: The Year In Instrumental Music

In 1959, Ornette Coleman released The Shape of Jazz To Come, a record with content almost as audacious as its title. Forty-seven years later, Coleman at least partially fulfilled his own challenge with the fearless and fertile Sound Grammar. But even that 2006 effort might not have crossed jazz boundaries as much as one from… More »

By: Colin St. John / December 25, 2012 - 8:00 am

Stream Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin Instrumental Tourist

Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin, better known as Oneohtrix Point Never, are both experimental electronic music titans in their own respective rights, and now they’ve teamed up for an improvised collaborative album. Instrumental Tourist is out next week, and we’ve already posted the album tracks “Uptown Psycedelia” and “Intrusions.” And now the entire album i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 12, 2012 - 11:35 am

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin – “Intrusions”

Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) have produced no shortage of brilliant work on their own, so while a collaboration between the two electronic composers is an intriguing concept, one questions the need for it. That question it seems, was at the heart of the project. According to Mexican Summer, the label… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 8, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin – “Uptown Psychedelia”

If the world of experimental synth-drone music can be said to have any stars, then two of the brightest are Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin, the latter of whom records as Oneohtrix Point Never. And now the two have gotten together to record an instrumental LP called Instrumental Tourist. (If you ask me, they should’ve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 17, 2012 - 12:23 pm

Pitchfork Festival 2012: Dirty Projectors, ASAP Rocky, Purity Ring & More

Friday’s first day of Pitchfork Festival wasted no time getting into it, where many festival entrants walked in to the fully-wrought hypnotic swirl of Lower Dens, a set that eventually gave way to the raucous appearance of the ASAP Mob, all before dinner time. Once again, one of the country’s most manageable, well-paced festivals hit… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 14, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: January & February 2011

After a holiday break and an inclemently weathered January, our Monthly Mix series returns with a two-month/one-mix compilation that sets a defiant tone. If not for the year, then for the persistently re-accumulating, gut-checking frost. The key elements (aside from recency and excellence) are electronics and sequence, with a late-mix flip to stringed instruments, before… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 2, 2011 - 11:56 am

Tim Hecker – “Hatred Of Music I” (Stereogum Premiere)

Canadian electronic composer Tim Hecker’s 2006 blizzard symphony Harmony In Ultraviolet is one of my favorite albums of its kind, its escalating mix of submerged synths, radio static, living/breathing ambiance, and frozen noise feels naturally occurring rather than composed. More recently he released 2009’s An Imaginary Country and wrote the music for Destroyer’s “Archer OnMore »

By: brandon / January 7, 2011 - 10:15 am

Destroyer – “Archer On The Beach” (Feat. Tim Hecker) (Stereogum Premiere)

I admire Destroyer’s vastness. Dan Bejar writes distinct, ambitious, ridiculously rich, self- and otherwise referential music you can compare to the work of Roberto Bolaño without feeling entirely like a twit. The last time he delivered a 12″ it was the Bay Of Pigs EP, his excellent “first foray into the ambient disco market.” Thi… More »

By: brandon / November 2, 2010 - 10:18 am