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Radio Amor

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Radio Amor album cover
Song Of The Highwire Shrimper
(They Call Me) Jimmy
I'm Transmitting Tonight
7000 Miles
Shipyards Of La Ceiba
Careless Whispers
The Star Compass
Azure Azure
Trade Winds, White Heat
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 58:16

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We live in the age of Radio Amor - what it must have felt like to live in the 18th C of Mozart and Beethoven. Aside from Alva Noto the world's most important living artist - and yes, this is by 1000 miles his masterpiece.

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A Sublime Masterpice


Everyone has different things they look for in music, but for me the best music produces some kind of synaesthetic response, associations and images produced in my mind in direct response to the music. That's definitely the case here with Radio Amor: listening to the aether drift of barely heard voices, shortwave radio signals, and Hecker's trademark walls of beautifully distorted sound, I get the feeling I'm on a sailing boat at anchor off the coast of Belize, a somber cloud bank fast approaching (but without menace). Hecker's entire body of work is creative ambient at its most fully realized, and this work among them all rates very highly. (What a bizarre shame that the title should have gone out of print).

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Moody, beautiful soundscapes


This is a meditative album that rewards repeated listenings. Although most of the sounds are "processed", it's also very melodic and genuinely emotional. This music will expand your experience of what "electronic" music is capable of. I recommend it highly.

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It is impossible to tell exactly what does Tim Hecker do that makes "Radio Amor" such a endearing album among such seemingly rude, aerial aesthetics. Maybe he's on the verge of a genre breakthrough.

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Welcome to wonderland


There have been few albums that have touched me like this one. If there was a heaven, it would sound like this. There is nothing more I can say.

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Tim Hecker’s first album for Mille Plateaux, Radio Amor, follows two excellent efforts for the relatively smaller yet similarly prestigious Substractif label, and accordingly consolidates that pair into his most inclusive and presentable recording yet. It merges the haunting majesty of his debut full-length, Haunt Me Haunt Me, Do It Again (2001), with the loose conceptual framework of his follow-up EP, My Love Is Rotten to the Core (2002), and does so without being quite as overbearing as those two releases may have felt to listeners interested in simply engaging music rather than far-fetched conception. There are thus two primary sides to Radio Amor: its sounds and concepts. The sonic palette Hecker draws from here is strikingly reminiscent of his previous work. Heavily manipulated waves of drone again clash and splash against one another, often doing so with near yet subtly off synchronicity in the right and left channels. The effect is slightly disorienting, and that’s precisely the point, as Hecker’s overall aesthetic seems centered upon an otherworldly style of sound manipulation meant to baffle even the most seasoned digital-music listeners. The conceptual framework he builds upon is likewise hazily vague, and no doubt purposefully so. The track titles don’t allude to much on their own, yet when coupled with the album’s remarkable packaging, a whispered narrative begins to shape, one involving remote seafaring, faint transmissions, compass guidance, and a third-world locale. It’s perhaps fitting then that the album’s climax, its most deliciously harrowing seasick moment, “Azure Azure,” comes late in the album, following “The Star Compass” and preceding “Trade Winds, White Heat.” By that point, Hecker has once again swept you away with a seamless album that demands beginning-to-end listening, and this time he does so with the timeless grandeur and universal appeal of a Hemingway-esque lost-at-sea novel narrated from the omniscient perspective. This is far, far from your ordinary ambient album — if you’re willing to dive into its depth rather than merely skim its surface, that is. – Jason Birchmeier

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