This Just In: Harmony In Ultraviolet

A new Tim Hecker reissue – woooooooooo! This one had a small, poor-quality pressing on an import label in 2006. Now, 8 years later, this is considered the definitive vinyl release. Mastered at 45 RPM and spanning 4 sides, the intended full dynamic range of the album is present, boasting maximum sound quality. It’s wonderful that a small label had the interest to press Hecker to vinyl waaaaaay before he was an NPR name, and it’s also understandable that they couldn’t afford the perfect version of the medium. Thankfully kranky is in the midst of repressing and reissuing titles from their vault. Harmony In Ultraviolet is the first, and I’m stoked to see which others await.

Tim Hecker – Harmony In Ultraviolet 2LP:
Listen – “Chimeras” & “Blood Rainbow”
Harmony in Ultraviolet is Tim Hecker’s sixth album. It is a continuation of Hecker’s interest in spectral communications, noise, impressionist musics, thresholds of listening pleasure/pain, and the limits of digital composition. This album is a significant development of his song-craft, challenging the usefulness of descriptors such as ambient, drone, metal, noise and even electronic music. If references are necessary it could be described as a sonata for the elements, songs of crackling embers, tidal pools, spruce skylines and autumn winds. Gerhard Richter’s abstract paintings are also a fair orientation. Materially speaking, it is a record of whirring drones, whispering fissures, dense disintegrating chords, late-night noise and truth-telling harmonics. Yet this record follows no overarching process, no underlying narrative. It is both a homage for the Italian partigiani and also not at all. It is songs about ghost writing and midnight whispers but then again it isn’t. In many ways this album can be viewed as a work of total destruction, embracing indeterminacy as an aesthetic ideal.” -kranky


Harmony in all spectra – new releases, reissues and restocks…
2Pac – All Eyez On Me 4LP
Antlers – Familiars 2LP
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 3LP
Arcade Fire – Funeral LP
Arctic Monkeys – AM LP; Suck It And See LP
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Worn Copy LP
Augustus Pablo – This Is Agustus Pablo LP*
Badbadnotgood – III 2LP
Bassnectar – Noise Vs. Beauty 2LP*
Bjork – Vespertine 2LP
Black Bananas – Electric Brick Wall LP
Blues Beats – The Beatle Beat LP*
Built To Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers 2LP
Caribou – Swim 2LP
Cold Beat – Over Me LP*
Cure – Disintegration 2LP
Daft Punk – Discovery 2LP
Deerhunter – Cryptograms/Fluorescent LP; Microcastle 2LP
Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is The Devil 2LP
Disclosure – Settle 2LP
Don Caballero – Five Crazy Pairs Of Pants LP
Donnie & Joe Emerson – Still Dreamin’ Wild LP
Echo & The Bunnymen – Meteorites LP
Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Swings Lightly LP
Flesh Eaters – A Minute To Pray A Second LP*
Floor – s/t LP+7”
Fresh & Onlys – House Of Spirits LP
Fugazi – Margin Walker 12”; Repeater LP
Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop LP; Maggot Brain LP; s/t LP
James Blackshaw – Fantomas: Le Faux 2LP*
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures LP
King Khan & BBQ Show – s/t LP
Kurt Vile – Constant Hitmaker LP
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence LP
LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver 2LP
Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun 2LP, CD
Michael Jackson – Thriller 25th Anniversary 2LP
Mikal Cronin – s/t LP
Minor Threat – s/t (first two 7”s) LP
Mississippi Fred McDowell – Delta Blues LP
Mortals – Cursed To See The Future LP*
Nas – Illmatic LP
Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral 2LP
OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm LP*
Outkast – Atliens 2LP
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal LP
Paws – Youth Culture Forever LP*
Peter Murphy – Lion 2LP*
Rancid – s/t LP
Saint Etienne – Tiger Bay LP
Skygreen Leopards – Family Crimes LP*
Smiths – The Queen Is Dead LP
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle LP
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation 2LP; Murray Street LP; Goo 4LP
Staple Singers – Swing Low LP; Uncloudy Day LP; Will The Circle Be Unbroken LP
Sublime – s/t 2LP
Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs LP*; Opel LP*; Barrett LP*
Talking Heads – Speaking In Tongues LP
Temples – Sun Structures LP
Thee Oh Sees – Drop LP
Tom Waits – Mule Variations 2LP; Swordfishtrombones LP
Ty Segall – Twins LP
Various – Brown Bunny OST LP
Various – Nigeria Special Vol, 1 LP
Various – Slow Grind Fever Vol. 1 LP
Various – Wheedle’s Groove Vol. 2 2LP
Windhand – s/t LP
Wolves In The Throne Room – BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini LP
Zig Zags – s/t LP*

* Indicates new release or new reissue