Boomkat Product Review:
Of all the big names in contemporary electronic music, few can make swells of noise sound so tuneful and emotionally engaging as Tim Hecker. The Canadian composer has long-since established his signature sound of gusty processed guitars, melodious static and soaring drones, and this new single-length release for Room40 finds him taking his craft to a new level of refinement. 'Apondalifa' begins with surging strands of guitar, clipped and layered over waves of stratospheric hiss, slowly taking a melodic shape as the piece develops; looped chord fragments become more apparent after a couple of minutes, and for certain stretches you'll hear a good deal more of Hecker's guitar playing than he normally permits. Drawing towards the four minute mark, bright synth tones cut through the melee, leading to a midway crescendo - from here onwards the clouds of electronic fizz dissolve away to expose mantra-like guitar figures, repeating and re-layering before themselves gently ebbing into nothing. A top-quality, most welcome return from this exceptional electronic musician - it's only a shame there's not more of it.