Hecker+Manual+Pan American+Belong

Posted by Jakub

Belong October LanguageI’ve collected a few upcoming wonderful ambient releases to look forward to in early 2009. Since the only released artwork really is this Belong art, it will have to do but it’s actually really beautiful I think. I saw a small version of Tim Hecker‘s art for his release in February of “An Imaginary Country” but it was a bit too small to use. The beginning of Sea of Pulses is like jumping into the middle of a Fennesz/M83 collaborative concert that is slowly finishing up a 9+ minute piece. The song slightly dies down and it sounds like a voice takes over for a bit which at that moment it has already knocked off Animal Collective’s Brother Sport as my favorite song(for now) of 2009.

If you haven’t heard of Manual before then be ready to put your coat on because your heading over to your local record store. Moonlit Shores is the first song i’ve found off the upcoming Danelectro LP and this track gives me so much hope that ambient music will really take off in 2009. In just a few minutes into this 12 minute piece you can feel out what setting Manual wanted you to experience when hearing this song, the simplicity of it lets you focus on whatever beautiful part of the song you want to hear, well done my friend.

Pan American is back, that’s pretty much all I have to say to some people. Can we take a second and thank Kranky records for what seems to be the starting of an uncanny new year.

For some reason I thought I already posted this Belong song, I was almost positive. When listening to this song make sure you have a little bit of bass rumble to accompany the exquisite drown going on, it almost makes me nauseous in the best possible way. Have you started listening to the song yet? are you at least 2 minutes in? beautiful right?

Tim Hecker – Sea of Pulses


Manual – Moonlit Shores


Pan American – How Much Progress One Makes


Belong – October Language


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Carl says:

January 7, 2009 at 9:47 am

now, if only kranky would put out a new loscil album this year…then we’d have something! this new manual is wonderful, btw. any more info on this? did you hear his ‘confluence’ album from this past fall? excellent collection of his sun-kissed guitar drones…definitely worth picking up.


scott zeilenga says:

January 7, 2009 at 10:26 am

I think Tim Hecker is my favorite artist in his genre. His stuff sounds so naturally ambient while still remaining noisy. Great track. I will have to pick it up later this year.



D says:

January 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Wow, that song by Manual just took me back to a place I haven’t felt in over a decade….Speechless. Thanks for that!


Joel says:

January 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I enjoyed these tracks…have to thank you for blogging about “The Dead Texan” a while back. I have since added their song “When I see scissors I cant help but think of you”.

Its amazing.

Also that Beck song Youthless…thats a classic also.



Jakub says:

January 7, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Joel –

Glad you like those, that reminds me I should do my TOP 25 singles

D –

agreed, it hit me yesterday when I first heard it, definitely a special track


Ryan says:

January 7, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Finally someone posting something about Belong.. I’ve been surprised that they haven’t sparked more interest. Hopefully they’ll keep putting stuff out.


AndresM says:

January 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm

ACK! can’t wait to get my hands on the new Animal Collective!
Good post Jakub. Definitely loving that Manual track
anyone got any ambient on their top 2008 lists?
Near The Parenthesis was in my top 5 albums of the year…amaaazing album.
Also have the track Above The Flood by Library Tapes in my favorite tracks of 08


Brett says:

January 8, 2009 at 5:51 am

This is by far the best music post you have made.

If you haven’t heard it yet, you need to check out the Belong 12″ out on Table of Element’s Guitar Series Volume 3 & 4 series.

Thanks for the Manual track as well! Recently discovered his Ascend record.


Ryan says:

January 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Jakub I’m beginning to trust your taste more and more!
That Belong track is incredibly beautiful.

btw, I bought that Lone record right after you previewed it. Thanks for that!