The Canadian sound artist's next full-length is out in September.
Konoyo sees Hecker drawing inspiration from the talks he had with a recently deceased friend concerning "negative space and a sense of music's increasingly banal density." The Canadian experimental composer and sound artist made much of the album during trips to Japan, where he worked with members of Tokyo Gakuso, a gagaku ensemble, "in a temple on the outskirts of Tokyo." He applied his trademark style of abstract manipulation to source material performed on strings, woodwinds and percussion. (The term konoyo means "the world over here," while gagaku is a form of Japanese classical music.)
Due out in late September, Konoyo is Hecker's ninth proper solo album, and his fifth for Kranky. We last heard him in LP mode by way of 2016's Love Streams for 4AD, and Kranky recently reissued his first two albums, Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again (originally put out through Substractif) and Radio Amor (Mille Plateaux).
Alongside Konoyo's release, Hecker is lining up performances that will feature members of Tokyo Gakuso and Kara-Lis Coverdale, who appeared on Hecker's last two full-lengths.
Listen to "This Life."
Here's Hecker's RA Exchange from 2016.
01. This Life
02. In Death Valley
03. Is A Rose Petal Of The Dying Crimson Light
04. Keyed Out
05. In Mother Earth Phase
06. A Sodium Codec Haze
07. Across To Anoyo
Kranky will release Konoyo on September 28th, 2018.