Harmony in Ultraviolet

Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2006 Ratings: #6 / 702
User Score
Based on 245 ratings
2006 Ratings: #15
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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.
Latest from the electronic producer refines the sounds of his previous records, creating what is, paradoxically, Hecker's most dramatic and most oceanic album.
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.
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.

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.

what a guy
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.
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
Takes a bit to really get a hold on me, but when it does it’s an eerily beautiful ride in Hecker’s usual fashion.

Standout: Dungeoneering
Favs: Harmony in Blue, Blood rainbow, Radio spiricom, White caps of white noise, Spring heeled jack flies tonight, Chimeras
least fav: Stags Aircraft Kings & Secretaries
"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

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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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