Tim Hecker Makes Pagan Church Music

A Canadian electronic artist recently signed to indie label 4AD, Tim Hecker is in the business of making experimental music for the unconverted. The Guardian says: ‘”Love Streams,” his new album of beat-free, long-form compositions, is complex, evocative, arrestingly beautiful and disquietingly intense. It’s also built around the pillaged scores of 15th-century sacred choral music…Brought up Catholic in suburban Vancouver, Hecker quit Christianity following a sermon about God disapproving of jeans. He didn’t quit the buildings, though. The LA and Montreal-based artist has recorded, gigged and photographed album covers in churches. He has used their pipe organs to power whole records (2011’s “Ravedeath, 1972“) and tantalised audiences by performing concealed within their spiral stairs.’

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