He’s mastered stylistic skittishness and you’ll do well to find much dispute about his talent
Compulsive iTunes genre taggers might wind up hating Tim Hecker. The Canadian musician works at a foggy spaghetti junction of ambient drone, modern classical composition and speaker-testing noise, but never truly focuses his sound. Overall, though, he’s mastered this stylistic skittishness and you’ll do well to find much dispute about his talent. ‘Virgins’ is Hecker in less-noisy-than-usual mode, and the album’s opening and closing tracks – ‘Prism’ and ‘Stab Variation’ – sound so out-of-body and celestial it’s like a trip to church after four days without sleep. In between, there are sparse pianos and ambient sounds sabotaged by digital glitches, but Tim Hecker always remains elusive.