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ava1enzue1a
04-01-2012, 11:12 PM
Hymen Records ¥767 | Hecq | Night Falls

(Everything you might need to know about this album, I've provided it all here)

I have to share this! This is my all-time favorite album, so I'm not bothered here with providing extensive info on it; I hope this is found to be efficient rather than obtrusive. So for those who've never heard, here I share: Night Falls (http://www.hymen-records.com/all/y767-info-hecq-c.pdf) by Hecq (aka Ben Lukas Boysen). I love absolutely everything about this album: the grave cover art, the poem printed in German text on the front (a translation of what it says can be found at the bottom of this (https://www.reflectionsofdarkness.com/artists-f-j-cdreviews-132/3174-hecq-night-falls.html) webzine post), the track titles... but of course, all that is just the tip of the iceberg as the songs themselves may bring you to a whole different level. Aurally profound, mysterious and captivating, the music on Night Falls has been described as "Contemporary Classical" to "Cinematic Dark Ambient." Highly recommended!

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Stream on Grooveshark: http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Night+Falls/3589865
Official page: http://www.hymen-records.com/all/y767.html
Discogs page: http://www.discogs.com/Hecq-Night-Falls/release/1138340
Interview: http://headphonecommute.blogspot.com/2008/06/two-and-half-questions-with-hecq.html

I can't translate my own impression of this album into words, but there are some comments/reviews that would definitely compare to what I would actually say, like some of these (http://www.last.fm/music/Hecq/Night+Falls/+shoutbox) shouts on Last.fm, or this review on iTunes by SoulStorms:


The collection of music contained on this album must be heard to understand its power. Mere words will not suffice. The title track that begins this album, "Nightfalls," could be the archetype for dark melodic beauty, and the closing track, "I Am You," is one of those very rare songs that will just leave you motionless and entranced as it builds into one of the most epic soundscapes I've personally ever heard. The opening and closing tracks could not be more perfect bookends for this collection of songs, and if one takes the time to listen to the album from start to finish, I defy you to not be deeply moved in some way. There's real beauty, and even a sense of hope and rising above, contained within the deeper layers of the resonating sadness of these songs. It must be heard to be experienced, but if you will take the opportunity, I believe you will be hard-pressed to easily find a more powerful experience than this masterpiece will provide.

or this review, by Headphone Commute (http://reviews.headphonecommute.com/):


…Upon my first listen of Hecq's fifth album, I anxiously await the glitchy breaks that are so prominent in Hecq's previous albums. Alas they never come. And with this proclamation, Boysen creates a new sound in which he instantly excels. Appropriately titled, Night Falls, Boysen drops the rhythmic structure altogether, and produces one of the most inspiring, lush, atmospheric and hauntingly dark pieces I have heard to date. There is a continuous cinematic tension of something hiding right beneath the shadow of a thinly layered sonic veil. Night Falls is an album that stops you dead in your tracks to really listen. What is that brooding sound, and does it have a name? I will not hide the fact, that with each swell of dynamic wave, the emotion within me rises as well, and I fight back the tears at the tip of each crescendo. With outstanding production and masterful control of individual frequencies, Hecq propels his sound techniques from a mere post-industrial IDM producer to a contemporary neo-classical composer. Hymen should be proud…

So there you have it, the info behind Night Falls revealed in its entirety (or at least extensively). May the Night be with you; may you never perceive nighttime in the same way ever again! (Alright I know that sounds a little cheesy, but still :o)

P.S. Needless to say - this is just my own assessment or what I would personally say about this album. It is essential to ultimately leave one's own listening experience up to them; I'm not attempting to define how one "should" perceive and feel about this music and rob them of their own impressions. Some may become bored or indifferent to this music; that's completely fine! Just thought I'd clear that up :)

EJA
04-02-2012, 12:16 AM
Been listening to this on Grooveshark. I love it! Thanks for sharing. Very dynamic in the moods it expresses.

I'm only seeing this available in digital format, is there anyway to get hold of this album in physical format? Or am I being too old school?:p

ava1enzue1a
04-02-2012, 08:39 PM
I'm only seeing this available in digital format, is there anyway to get hold of this album in physical format? Or am I being too old school?:p
Believe me, when I concluded just how amazing this album was, I wanted to own an actual copy myself, so no... you're not being old school :)

To answer your question, this album did get pressed in physical format (CD), but is currently out of print and nearly impossible to find anymore. There are still copies that show up every now and then on sites such as Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Night-Falls-Hecq/dp/B0017PIBD0/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1333330610&sr=1-1) or Discogs (http://www.discogs.com/Hecq-Night-Falls/release/1138340) but you'd need to keep an eye out for it. I've actually found and bought one myself, so speaking from personal experience, if you do happen to find a copy, the prices people are asking for are pretty steep (tens of dollars, even $100+) considering how rare it is. And apparently there are no plans for a reissue. I've actually asked Ben personally through a facebook message (his official facebook page can be found here (http://www.facebook.com/Hecquaters)) and he confirmed this, but then he went on to say it might/could be reprinted, so who knows.

EJA
04-03-2012, 12:38 PM
I purchased the album on iTunes...reluctantly (my migration back to CD and physical media has been very hard to steer away from again).

I'm about half way through listening and I love every minute of it! I love the shift to the darker textures, reminds me a lot of Ben Frost in a way, but less harsh and more approachable. I can't wait to get further into it!

SIM37
04-04-2012, 04:21 AM
This truly is a wonderful creation. I'm loving the textures of the pads. The whole album feels like a meta-song... beautiful!

Thanks a lot for sharing this!
:D

TransientPreacher
04-05-2012, 02:14 AM
Oh my. Now this is sounding special. I often see Hecq's name thrown around the internet but have never listened to his/her/their work until now and oh my, I regret not doing so sooner! Thank you for sharing. Must get it physically ASAP. :)

ava1enzue1a
08-31-2012, 06:02 PM
For those who like this album, or at least this style from Hecq, there are possibilities that he will produce more music in similar vein...

Headphone Commute:


Do you think we’ll see another beatless album from you in the future, like the 2008 “Night”?

Ben:


yes, very much so. “avenger” was quite a departure for me and i noticed a lot of things: first, i had to get it out of my system – i was playing quite a few gigs in these 2 years that avenger was in the making that were full on clubsets and i enjoyed it alot. yet, to write an album like this is highly restrictive to me, due to stylistic barriers (at least that’s the way i felt about it). there were and still will be a few more clubby remixes but in general i feel that this well ran dry for me. at the moment i’m figuring out how the next album will sound like and what can/should be done. breakin free of certain influences and restrictions is the main goal for now – once that’s done the door for some fresh thoughts and ideas is open.

Source (http://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2012/07/03/interview-with-ben-lukas-boysen/).

And if I'm not mistaken, isn't this what happened when he strayed from the glitchy IDM beats of 0000? (Which btw is an amazing album as well; for instance, check out "0012 (http://grooveshark.com/s/0012+0012/2Vjc0V?src=5)" ─ absolutely mind-blowing!) Could another path be taken in similar fashion? Could another extraordinarily settled-down ambient album come forth after a beat-ridden album i.e. Avenger? Time will only tell :)

ava1enzue1a
12-10-2012, 04:42 PM
A shout from Last.fm user McNutsack:


It's weird to see people describe Night Falls as "beautiful". I listened to this - as I do all my ambient, drone, and noise albums - as I laid down to sleep. The way the music consumed me was far from "beautiful". This is an amazing album, but for me, it leans towards "haunting". At one point , I heard voices coming from my room, right up to my face, I could feel somethings/someones presence, scaring the Jeebus outta me. I couldnt open my eyes very well to check my surroundings, I just assumed I wasn't quite asleep yet, but still conscious, and the atmosphere of the music was freaking me out and making me think "Ghosts" or whispers were in my room. As soon as I could open my eyes, I turned on the light, replayed the track that scared me so much...it had no vocals... Mind was officially fucked, and this reminds me why I love ambient, particularly dark, as a tool for sleeping and dreaming. It touches something inside of us at night that most music can't.

Now that's what I'm talkin' about :)

2thou
12-26-2012, 07:16 PM
Night Falls begins right after death. It is dark. You leave your body and travel upwards in a transitional period between the living world and the afterlife. You feel euphoric but are anticipating. You are free from all human restraints. You have no body, but you exist. You reach the afterlife which is occupied by mechanical entities (very much similar to the machine elves that Terrence Mckenna witnessed under the influence of the psychedelic tryptamine DMT). You are tense and you're paranoid, but accepting. They tinker with your "soul", you travel through "space" (whatever that is) and you learn the truth about "god". There's a continuous sense of mellow euphoria. After some time they prepare you for your next human life, rebirth. You are slowly reintroduced to the "real" world and there is a strong sense of ecstasy as you brace for entry. You are born again.

Well that's what it made me feel upon first listen anyway :p

What an incredibly powerful piece of art.

ava1enzue1a
01-10-2013, 08:58 PM
I've come to conclude that the impressions people generally get from Night Falls are pretty much ineffable. We try to communicate the splendor of this album through the use of words, but it's usually either too difficult or we simply can't. Consequently, the music can be left alone to speak for itself, which obviously falls nothing short of incredible.