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This album is filled with energy, delicate textures and bubbling melodies. It has great tempo, the music is rich and deep and it has doubtless appeal for those who on occasion, like to drift away into the wide blue yonder.
I would say the music is slightly on the busier side of "ambient"; bubbling along nicely in a haze of guitar motifs supported by luminous synth washes and solid beats.
It offers something sonic yet relaxing and surreal; it’s the perfect soundtrack for relaxing while listening to music. It offers soundscapes covered with synthesized bliss. Very atmospheric.
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.
If you haven't seen this guy in concert with the full band then you are missing out! Saw Tycho in October 2014 at the Forum and the show was brilliant!!
Hope he releases more sounds soon!!
his new album 'Awake' which will doubtless appeal to those of us who, on
occasion, like to drift away into the wide blue yonder with a glass or three
of decent Burgundy for company. His inventions sit on the busier side of
"ambient"; bubbllng along nicely in a haze of mercurial guitar motifs
supported by luminous synth washes and solid but unemphatic beats.
Mr Hansen seems perfectly content to keep variation and dynamic
development at bay but this results in some rather directionless rambles.
However, if you have a little down-time there would be nothing too-much
lost in making the journey with him.
'Apogee' comes closest to building up a head of steam but the rhythmic
D&B references present in its opening sequence evaporate rather too
quickly into the album's somewhat bland default mode of pretty noodling.
I don't want to be unkind as Mr Hansen has doubtless put his heart and soul into
this project but after the first thirty minutes or so I really did feel the need
for more substantial sonic sustenance. There is nothing here to offend however.
Not un-nice but a tad ho-hum.
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Either way I think it's a great album.
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