Stream Tim Hecker's Chillingly Chaste 'Virginal II'

Montreal musician releasing follow-up to 2011's 'Ravedeath, 1972' in October

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Tim Hecker's 'Virgins'
Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

Last month, Tim Hecker warned that his next album would feature "some pieces [that] go off the rails before forming into anything." Now we have the first official taste of the upcoming Virgins, the sorta-title track "Virginal II." Contrary to the Canadian electronic musician's earlier tease, the just-released tune actually starts off fully formed, opening with creepy keyboard-work worthy of a John Carpenter horror flick. Slowly though, the song deteriorates, shifting into a shimmery midsection before fading out over an aerated, ambient coda. Hear it below. 

Hecker recorded most of the follow-up to 2011's Ravedeath, 1972 in Reykjavik, Seattle, and his home base of Montreal last year, crafting an LP that has a "wider" sonic palette than his previous works, according to record label KrankyVirgins will arrive October 14. 

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