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 Kranky. Virgins will arrive October 14.