Tycho is set to release new album ‘Awake’ on March 17th (Ghostly International). Behind this name hides Scott Hansen, a San Francisco-based producer who apart from creating dazzling and cinematic ambiances, he also designs his own graphic art-work (as iso50).
In 2011 he debuted with ‘Dive’, a brilliant album full of electronic elements in which analogue and digital worlds coexisted spontaneously. Now he’s back with two more new members that have perfectly adjusted to each other, Zac Brown and Roy O’Connor; the three of them bring a new album as the product of their experience and creativity. We don’t know if it’s been hard to capture all of that but the result couldn’t be any better; a mix between soft indie-rock and electronic elements that you could check out during its 8 tracks.
It starts with the track that names the album, ‘Awake’, and as opening track it has the whole package. We don’t know if Hansen wanted to represent the album’s mood but it leaves clear that’s it’s been created meticulously and delicately. It’s a blend of majestic and sublime components; the subtle guitar lines take the main role and as they progress, we get into a blissful dimension. The final analogue sounds culminate in an oasis of electronic ecstasy.
With ‘Montana’ we can appreciate Tycho as a three-piece band and the evolution of their sound. The band takes a step further with elements in a post-rock infused style thanks to O’Connor’s drums and Brown’s clean guitars that work harmoniously to fuse together with Hansen’s ability.
We go back to the old Tycho and his computerized world with tracks like ‘L’ and ‘Dye’; there is no need of any instruments, just synthesizers. Analogue and digital sounds fit into perfection. Deep textures, layers, reverbs and loops create sublime and dreamy atmospheres; optimism and melancholy sudden change in a moment, watch out. Subtle touches of drum ’n’ bass seem to come with ‘Apogee’ but it turns just into a mirage, peace and calm gradually come back as a sunset and leave place to ‘Spectre’. Its evocative rock tones along with those solid drums and its nostalgic melodies point out the album to an end but it’s not over yet. It remains ‘Plain’, the perfect final of the journey; notes fade out in a minimalist atmosphere where you can feel the isolation through the last guitar chords.
If you want to get into this hypnotic and heavenly trip take a full-listening, you won’t regret.