Tim Hecker - Anoyo
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #118 / 262
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Based on 143 ratings
2019 Ratings: #16
May 10, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405

Anoyo delves into a different side of the worlds established on Tim Hecker's Konoyo, taking its time with a murkier, nuanced journey into the most distant recesses of its creator's mind. It is, quite simply, astonishing.

85
The Line of Best Fit

While Hecker continues to be a paradigm in formulating how sound exists, he proves with Anoyo what it means to extend his means and throughout its cleansing spirit, Hecker evokes a bewitching status, serving as one of today’s continued and top creators of elysian odysseys.

80
The Skinny

Despite its brevity Anoyo contains some of the most straightforwardly beautiful music Hecker has made in some time, and makes for a strong companion and continuation to the themes and sonic developments made on Konoyo.

80
Exclaim!

On Anoyo, Tim Hecker stretches out his heady winning streak for another 32 striking and captivating minutes.

80
PopMatters

With his second record featuring a gagaku ensemble, famed experimental artist Tim Hecker produces a very different facade that shines through a beautifully minimal perspective.

78
Pitchfork

The follow-up to last year’s Konoyo—recorded, like its predecessor, with a Japanese gagaku ensemble—functions as a counterbalance to that album: a kind of photo negative, more subdued but no less overwhelming.

70
AllMusic

Compared to the astonishing Konoyo, Anoyo does feel a bit like less focused variations on the same ideas, but as it stands, it's still an intriguing, otherworldly blend of ancient instrumentation and technological exploration.

70
musicOMH

Anoyo succeeds on its own terms too: the combination of sounds is still captivating, especially recommended for anyone who feels to this day that new age music was underrated.

60
Loud and Quiet

Konoyo impressed because it felt as though two diametrically opposed forms of music were coming together; here, they simply fit together as natural accompaniments.

60
Spectrum Culture

As listenable and engaging as much of the record is, it lacks the transcendent quality that has marked his formidable discography.

JoaoSantos
84
Put your synths in the air
And act like you don't care

*starts playing Tim Hecker*
80
minecraf
TreyLikesBands
83
Great

Never heard a single work from this guy, so I don’t know if his other stuff is like this, but I would hope so! This album is as sparse and dense as the album cover itself, and it made me feel like I was either floating in space or in one of those sensory deprivation tanks. Felt like my bed was shaking and levitating. Pretty cool feeling!

Color: Blue
FAV TRACKS: That world, Step away from Konoyo, You never were, Into the void
LEAST FAV: Not alone
aaron
89
I'm sorry weekend, I fell through a little wormhole in some black sky. Where I listened to "Anoyo" and played some great video-game, lost to to feudal lands, run wild in snow?

Sakura leaves spin days into nights, again black sky. I was roaming through a soundscape that felt like a video game lost to ancient mythology with just sound. Talk about painting a world with sound.

This went from a 79 to a masterpiece reaaaal quick.
(Tim Hecker just needs to score a film at this point or ... read more
Plats
90
It's evident that "Anoyo" is a follow-up to last fall's "Konoyo", from the classical Japanese aesthetics to the tracklist telling a story that continues from the aforementioned album. This is an improvement on its predecessor, which I have to admit was a little inconsistent. The spacious, floaty atmosphere vibes well with the minimalist cover art, the sounds Tim Hecker toys with are organic and diverse and the arrangements are just phenomenal! Overall, this one of the ... read more
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Track List

  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
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