Tim Hecker - Anoyo
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Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #395 / 737
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Based on 303 ratings
2019 Ratings: #253
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May 10, 2019 / Release Date
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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.

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.

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.


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


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.


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.

Resident Advisor

Going back to make a new album from sessions that had already been used could have ended up sounding overworked. Instead, Anoyo is the counterbalance to what has been done. These albums shouldn't be compared, but taken in together.

Under The Radar

The work exists as something greater than the sum of its parts, an emergent property of the dynamism at work within each track.


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.


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.

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.

Spectrum Culture

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

No Ripcord

While Anoyo's showcase of Hecker's ambient textures, paired with Gagaku, is organic and interesting, it feels like a retread of ideas or an assemblage of scraps from the recording of Konoyo.

please stop saying "tim h*cker", it's tim fucker
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
For twenty years now, the Canadian Tim Hecker has been interacting with sound material through his albums, starting mostly with a concept, an image. After his very successful album "Konoyo", Tim Hecker shows here a clearer and less tortured facet. The album "Anoyo" having been recorded during the same Japanese sessions as "Konoyo", it relies on the same bases as the latter. We are here again dealing with the reinterpretation of a traditional Japanese style, the ... read more

6/23/2019: score changed from 80 to 72
I'm sorry little weekend, I fell through a 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

Where 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 mapped 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 ... 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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Added on: February 12, 2019