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on 24 March 2014
At last, Tycho seems to have found the right formula.
From the early EPs 'Past Is Prologue' and 'Coastal Brake', Tycho seemed to be a brilliant new electronic musician to listen out for. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Boards of Canada, Tycho's music managed to capture the same retro feeling using brilliant, synth-heavy textures and patterns.
Unfortunately, I found his first full-length album 'Dive' a little disappointing. It was more a miss-match of reworked songs from the back catalog than an album full of new material. Furthermore, the reworkings turned out to be worse than the original recordings in most places. You only have to listen to the difference between the album and EP version of 'Coastal Brake' to see what I am saying. Basically, there was something incredibly underwhelming and disappointing about 'Dive'.
Fortunately, with 'Awake', Tycho seems to have found the form that I was hoping for on the first album. Each track is a brand new piece, filled with energy, delicate textures and bubbling melodies. The music is still reminiscent of 'Boards of Canada' in places, but overall the sound is a little more mainstream and a little more substantial. The beats are stronger than on previous workings, there is a little more variety in terms of tempo and there seems to be a little more genuine instrumentation and a little less synthesizers. Whether this is true or not, I can't say. But, the songs just sound richer and deeper than anything on Dive.
If you have enjoyed some of Tycho's work in the past then I'm certain that you will love this album. For those of you who are new to this artist, I would recommend this album to anyone who likes artists like Ulrich Schnauss, Boards of Canada or Bonobo. My favorite tracks were 'Awake', 'Montana' and 'See' in case you feel like trying before you buy.