My Love Is Rotten to the Core

Tim Hecker

Alien8 Recordings and its sub-label Substractif are releasing a CDEP titled “My Love is Rotten to the Core” by “North America’s best-kept secret of electronica”*, Tim Hecker. Hecker is hot on the heels of his debut full-length release for Substractif, “Haunt me”, which was incredibly well received by hipsters left and right and is only now being discovered by the masses.

The past two years have been very exciting for Hecker and this marks his fourth release in as much time. He has had two releases under his techno moniker Jetone and “My Love is Rotten to the Core” is the second release under his real name.

“My Love is Rotten to the Core” continues the precedent of musical sabotage, or plunderphonics, established in Hecker’s earlier releases. We will not ruin the surprise by mentioning who is at the mercy of this incredibly talented young artist but we can tell you that the outcome is amazing. If you were blown away by the homage to 60’s pop by Fennesz, wait until you hear Tim Hecker’s take on the 80’s Cock Rock phenomenon.

Tim Hecker has the remarkable ability to create compositions that combine both ambience and noise, yet remain very accessible to those who might normally avoid either or both of those genres. This is because he manages to create deeply emotional music even where there is a lack of melody, as is very evident on this latest EP. Here Hecker has laced together snippets of interviews, concert announcements and the manipulated sounds of the original artist to come up with possibly the most engaging experimental electronica to emerge in some time. Sampled voices unfold while a transformed guitar chord comes tearing from the left to the right speaker before erupting and reshaping itself again. This is ambient music with incredible punch and loads of surprises.

Tim Hecker will be spending the summer in Europe touring and working on a project for which he recently received a grant. During this time, Hecker will be performing select shows in France, Spain and Germany and other performances will also be announced.

Following recent performances opening up for godspeed you black emperor!, both in Italy and Montréal, Hecker auditioned the live set of “My Love is Rotten to the Core” to glorious response.

Once again this release comes in our custom gatefold packaging.

Drawing by Sydney Hermant.

* According to a review on the pitchforkmedia.com web site


  • Label: Substractif
  • SUBSF 04
  • 2002
  • 130 mm × 142 mm × 8 mm
  • 70 g

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