Tim Hecker
“Sketch 5”

Way back in the beginning of this year, Tim Hecker splattered the world’s brains on the walls of the universe with Ravedeath, 1972 (TMT Review). On October 10, Kranky will release Dropped Pianos, containing nine untitled “sketches” that were conceived at the same time of the Ravedeath, 1972 compositions, but were left out of the final album (TMT News). That’s like saying it’s as good as the guys who make it onto the USA Olympic Basketball Dream Team but who then sit on the bench the whole tournament. It’s like the sherpa who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary to the top of Everest. If Ravedeath is the Michael Jordan of modern electronic music, this one is like the Tim Duncan… uh, Tim Hecker. What?…

Anyway, Kranky is letting us listen to “Sketch 5” to obsess over until October 10. Hecker trickles along aimlessly on piano until stumbling into a hypnotizing Glass-esque loop, while deep strings rumble beneath, creating a heartbreakingly beautiful cinematic texture. Ah, well it’s just great, now let’s all buy it on October 10!

• Kranky Records: http://kranky.net
• Tim Hecker: http://www.sunblind.net

Chocolate Grinder

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we’ll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.