Two years after Love Streams, Canadian musician and composer Tim Hecker released a new album. Konoyo is out now via Kranky Records. It was largely recorded during several trips to Japan where he collaborated with members of the gagaku ensemble Tokyo Gakuso, in a temple on the outskirts of Tokyo. Inspired by conversations with a recently deceased friend about negative space and a sense of music’s increasingly banal density, Hecker found himself drawn towards restraint and elegance, while making music both collectively and alone. Full streaming is available via Bandcamp. Listen below.