• Tim Hecker

In case you didn’t notice, it’s colder than Jack Torrance’s ice coffin outside, and it has been for the past month. It’s difficult to find any uplifting music in this kind of weather (save for stuff that maybe shouldn’t be uplifting, like the Cure), but the artist whose music I’ve listened to the most is Canadian musician Tim Hecker. His mix of soft-static drones and ear-clogging, aqueous ambient music is as bleak and beautiful as the frigid, occasionally stunning weather we’ve been getting. Hecker’s whole body of work is worth exploring, but for now I’m going to go with “Hatred of Music I,” from 2011’s Ravedeath, 1972, because the song title conveys the absurdity and frustration of experiencing this climate so aptly (and because it’s available on Kranky‘s Soundcloud page). Hecker played most of the album on a pipe organ during a single day in a church in Iceland. The music sounds like that, except the recording tape may have been soaked in Lysol afterwards. Check it out below.