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Composed of sketch pieces recorded in 2010 for what would become "Rave death, 1972", this is a peek behind the curtains into the working process of Tim Hecker. That these pieces stand on their own as compelling soundworks is a testament to the fact that Tim Hecker is at the absolute top of his game at the moment, and has been for years.
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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kranky
  • ASIN: B005QN3AC6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Following right behind Ravedeath 1972 released just a few months ago, Tim Hecker now lovingly gives us Dropped Pianos. This EP is essentially a prequel, forming a bedrock from which Ravedeath 1972's grandiosity springs forth by taking a hard look at the cutting room floor. For those who found themselves smitten by the somber mood trailing throughout that album, Dropped Pianos will give and give again gratuitously to that effect.

Even those not completely turned on by Hecker's music may find something to love here as the EP is a far enough departure from the man's work thus far to warrant comparisons to classical composers. Sticking mostly to just one instrument with the synthesizers being almost totally absent, the EP's nine untitled "sketches" tow a fine line between dignity and despair. At times there seems to be tension building into a supposed crescendo that often falls through without proper closure. This is usually due to a sudden track break since, in true outtake fashion, nearly all the pieces are isolated from one another lest the listener be tempted to believe these songs are anything more than snippets that have already been implemented into something greater.

As mentioned earlier, Dropped Pianos may be hot off the press but it's no follow-up - proceeding thoughtfully in the wake of a masterpiece often takes time and lots of it. However after hearing this EP listeners would do well to cue up Ravedeath 1972 immediately afterward because once the bleached out bass of opening track "The Piano Drop" hits, it's going to happen harder than ever before bearing with it some insight into just how far the piano has fallen as well as the state of mind occupied by the perpetrator.
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Just like previous Tim Hecker releases, this EP is full of emotion and definitely worth picking up if you're a fan of previous Tim Hecker albums like Harmony in Ultraviolet, An Imaginary Country, and Ravedeath, 1972.
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By Mike on January 14, 2013
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Lean and solitary. Good for making art. A soundtrack for the eye inward. And on headphones for street photography. The end.
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