It's a companion piece to last year's Kranky LP, Konoyo.
Anoyo, which translates to "the world over there," draws from the same sessions that led to Hecker's last Konoyo, which landed in our 2018 best albums list. As on that LP, Anoyo explores the interplay between Hecker's soundscapes and a traditional Japanese gagaku ensemble. Kranky describes the companion full-length as "starker, solemn and stripped back, with more of a naturalist tint."
It isn't the first time the Canadian artist has supplemented one of his LPs with a companion album. 2011's Ravedeath, 1972 was followed by a companion set called Dropped Pianos.
This weekend, Hecker will launch a tour with the Konoyo Ensemble centering on sold-out three-night stands in New York and Los Angeles. Dates are below.
Check out a video teaser for Anoyo featuring footage from the sessions at Mandala Temple in Tokyo.
1. That World
2. Is But A Simulated Blur
3. Step Away From Konoyo
4. Into The Void
5. Not Alone
6. You Never Were
Kranky will release Anoyo on May 10th, 2019.
Feb 15 Ill Points Festival 2019, TBA - Miami, Miami Feb 18 Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ense.., National Sawdust, New York Feb 19 Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ense.., National Sawdust, New York Feb 21 Tim Hecker & T.., The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles Feb 22 Tim Hecker & T.., The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles Feb 23 Tim Hecker & T.., The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles Mar 28 Vivarium Festival 2019, TBA - Porto, Porto Apr 02 Tim Hecker 2019 Tour, Summerhall, Edinburgh Apr 03 Tim Hecker & The Konoy.., Le Botanique Orangerie, Brussels Apr 25 Marfa Myths 2019, TBA - Marfa, Texas May 08 Tim Hecker & The Konoyo .., The Independent, San Francisco May 12 Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ense.., Bluebird Theater, Colorado Jun 06 Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ensemble.., Cabaret Sauvage, Paris