Label: 4AD Artist: Tim Hecker
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Treck list:
  • 01. Obsidian Counterpoint
  • 02. Music of the Air
  • 03. Bijie Dream
  • 04. Live Leak Instrumental
  • 05. Violet Monumental I
  • 06. Violet Monumental II
  • 07. Up Red Bull Creek
  • 08. Castrati Stack
  • 09. Voice Crack
  • 10. Collapse Sonata
  • 11. Black Phase
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Love Streams takes its cues from the avant-classical orchestration and extreme electronic processing of his previous full-length, 2013’s Virgins, but shaped into more melancholic, ultraviolet hues. Inspired by notions of 15th century choral scores (particularly those by Josquin des Prez), transposed to an artificial intelligence-era language of digital resonance and bright synths, the album was assembled gradually, with layers of studio-tracked keyboards, choir and woodwinds being woven into the mix, then molded and disfigured through complex programming. Like hearing some ancient strain of sacred music corrupted by encryption, Hecker admits to thinking about ideas like “liturgical aesthestics after Yeezus” and the “transcendental voice in the age of auto-tune,” during its creation.