Boomkat Product Review:
Fantasma Parastasie sees the union of two leading figures in Canada's experimental music scene: electronic musician Tim Hecker and ambient doom monger Aidan Baker, of the band Nadja. Anyone with even a passing interest in the two artists will know there's a clear common ground between them: fewer musicians have made more of a compositional feature of distortion. While Hecker has moved from the refined, Fennesz-like structures of Radio Amor to the murky grandeur of Harmony In Ultraviolet, Baker has expanded the vocabulary of the sludge metal genre with his glow-in-the-dark phosphorescent tones. Consequently, Fantasma Parastasie is an album built on pure sonic texture. It's all too easy for records of this ilk to be consumed by noise outright, but each piece here always somehow ends up with a very tangible and captivating grasp on melody. 'Hymn To The Idea Of Night' is about as caustic and vicious as anything that could ever be termed 'ambient', while 'Gallery Of The Invisible Woman' is a fizzing formation of static and harmonic loose threads. So as not to completely overload your ears 'Auditory Spirits' arrives like a glitching shuttle358 track, devoid of all that noise, instead relying on digitally processed guitar tones for its driving force. Hopefully, Fantasma Parastasie won't be the last time we hear Hecker and Baker working together; it's both a beautiful and stealthily rather vicious record, one that suggests there's plenty of mileage left in the project. Essential Purchase.