AOTY 2020

Harmony in Ultraviolet

Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2006 Ratings: #15 / 687
User Score
Based on 192 ratings
2006 Ratings: #11
Liked by 8 people
October 16, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kranky / Label
Drone, Ambient / Genres
www.sunblind.net / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Sputnikmusic
This is an album that has all the recognizable traits of an electronic album “removed from the human”--laptop-birthed fuzz and drone, a lack of vocals, a masked sense of melody--but is also movingly human.
87
Pitchfork
Latest from the electronic producer refines the sounds of his previous records, creating what is, paradoxically, Hecker's most dramatic and most oceanic album.
80
AllMusic
Wet bass notes and emaciated electric guitars, awash with distortion, crush together with programmed noise and drones, sounds erupt and are then dismissed, fifty minutes of questions and intimations, of resignation and acceptance, but not -- definitely not -- of answers. We'll have to find those ourselves.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes
Like the most epic of Van Halen guitar solos, these songs speak a fascinating harmonic language that gives us reason to listen long after our minds have been blown.
80
PopMatters

As such, Harmony is very likely Hecker’s finest work to date, an album that pulls unlikely beauty out of jarring noise and warbled instrumentation, and that may in fact possess the capacity to interest listeners who had previously bypassed noise as experimental curiosity.

BuffaloStaple
90
what a guy
Supertartory
80
Day 21.

Another milestone. This is probably the most intense album on this list, this thing is INTENSE. So intense I don't really know how to describe it, or put it into words. This album feels like if you were watching an old TV, one that doesn't really work properly in a dark room. You watch the colours flash before your eyes, in rapid succession. Images of past memories flash before you, and future memories too. You stare longingly into the screen, you see your past, present and future ... read more
ryanreviews
100
An insanely well layered and mystifying ambient album which stands as one of my favorite of all time. Tim creates a mosaic of shapelessness which is impenetrable.
Plats
92
"Harmony in Ultraviolet" contains some of Tim's most layered and beautiful, sometimes terrifying ambient pieces to date! It also manages to avoid a lot of the problems that plagued his previous works.

Fav Tracks: Dungeoneering; Whitecaps of White Noise; Chimeras; Spring Heeled Jack Flies Tonight; Stags, Aircraft, Kings and Secretaries; Blood Rainbow; Harmony In Blue

Least Fav Track: Palimpsest I & II

Score:
9.2
Outstanding
amygoodall
88
MAAAAAAAAAAN!
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Track List

  1. Rainbow Blood
  2. Stags, Aircraft, Kings and Secrataries
  3. Palimpsest (Pt. I)
  4. Chimeras
  5. Dungeoneering
  6. Palimpsest (Pt. 2)
  7. Spring Heeled Jack Flies Tonight
  8. Harmony In Blue (Pt. I)
  9. Harmony In Blue (Pt. 2)
  10. Harmony In Blue (Pt. 3)
  11. Harmony In Blue (Pt. 4)
  12. Radio Spiricom
  13. Whitecaps of White Noise (Pt. I)
  14. Whitecaps of White Noise (Pt. 2)
  15. Blood Rainbow
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