- Release Date 2017-03-26
- Label Trope Recordings
- Catalog NOVUMII
Ghosts is as unlikely a 'follow-up' to his previous Lost Tales volumes as you're likely to find. Trading in what is euphemistically termed dark ambient on this go-round, Heckmann seems to have inadvertently or intentionally forged a modern post-industrial statement of extraordinarily powerful intent. Largely eschewing the easily recognizable horizontal hold of electronica's well-trodden beat structures, Heckmann augments his mildly abrasive tones and brittle atmospheres with pulses carved from an aural wood of drift rather than driftwood. The eleven pieces on Ghosts cackle and glee with an almost demonic abandon, percussive accents bouncing throughout the stereofield in an often wild display of vivid color schemes. Nowhere is this more evident than across the eight minute panoptic nerves of "Absolution", where Heckmann's many years of adept rhythm programming blossom forth in an explosive rush of digital swing.
But what gives Ghosts its most unique flavor is the schizophrenic paradox of styles that lies at its core. "Vault" and the title track work that post-industrial mojo to satisfying, if acrid, ends, conjuring up such contemporary voices as Andy Stott and some of the motley Mordant Music crew. Heckmann's hauntological soundworld here is so complex that Ghosts is one of those rare records that bares repeated visits, deeper listening, undivided attention; after the headcrack sensations felt during the first spin, successive replays are necessary to absorb everything Heckmann's compositions painstakingly reveal. It's that kind of freaky mindtrip.