Tim Hecker, ELLLL
Two and a half years on from his first unforgettable, sold-out performance in Ireland at the Unitarian Church, Canadian ambient artist Tim Hecker returns to Dublin for a special one-off show at the Button Factory. Having released his seventh solo album, Virgins, in late 2013 to great acclaim (8.3/Best New Music - Pitchfork, “his most ambitious record yet” - FACT), Hecker is back on the road with a show darker, more intense and more powerful than anything he’s done before.
Hecker’s reputation has grown steadily since he released his first album, Haunt Me Haunt Me, Do It Again back in 2001. His sixth album, Ravedeath 1972, with its grand church organ distortions and bone-shattering bass, bore all the hallmarks of a unique artist making mature work in the most awesome way imaginable. Since then, collaborations with Oneohtrix Point Never and film scoring
have seen Hecker exploring new directions and Virgins continues this, with Hecker utilising a small orchestral ensemble to beautiful, violent and haunting effect. The results are immediately recognisable as his work, but somehow sound like nothing else he’s done.
Expect a dark and intense night of pummelling sonics, earth-shaking bass and moments of sublime
beauty. Special guest on the night is Cork musician Ellll, with her uniquely twisted take on ambience, noise and techno.
Acclaim for Virgins:
“Virgins feels possessed by the idea that no advancements in society or technology will ever shake
our primal reactions to fear, wonder, awe and what in a more naïve era used to be called the
sublime.” (8.3/10 - Pitchfork)
“This volatility is Virgins’ most intriguing feature; where on previous albums you would expect
Hecker’s songs to soar, now they teem with internal energy. The result, unexpectedly, is his most
ambitious record yet.” (FACT)
“Virgins is Tim Hecker at his most thought-provoking and enigmatic.” - The Quietus