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5 reviews »With a number of great releases under his belt so far, electronic producer Tycho or just plain old Scott Hansen to his friends brings us his fourth album and second on Ghostly International. After being thoroughly impressed with his previous effort ‘Dive’ I was very keen to hear this album and it really doesn’t disappoint. Hansen has all the typical trademarks of this genre with ... »

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Awake by Tycho
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10/10 Ian Staff review, 13 March 2014

With a number of great releases under his belt so far, electronic producer Tycho or just plain old Scott Hansen to his friends brings us his fourth album and second on Ghostly International.

After being thoroughly impressed with his previous effort ‘Dive’ I was very keen to hear this album and it really doesn’t disappoint. Hansen has all the typical trademarks of this genre with a sound not unlike artists such as Ulrich Schnauss and Boards Of Canada but this latest offering has a much more organic feel to it with the electronics being sublimely blushed out with lots of reverbed guitars and percussive bass sounds, he even dares to add live drums into the mix which is quite unusual for an electronic artist.

‘Awake’ has a really uplifting almost nostalgic element to it in the same ballpark as M83 doing the whole eighties synth thing, the plinky guitars have that early U2-esque echo thing going on but don’t be put off by that as you don’t get Bono’s whiny voice ruining the whole thing (cuz lets face it, The Edge has always been the talented one in that duo!). 

This is an absolute pleasure to listen to whether you treat it as background ambience or get well and truly immersed in it, personally I would chose the latter!


5/10 beth again Customer review, 18th March 2014

Thinkin on it, I reckon the main problem I had with this album is that I picked up the A New Line (Related) album last week, which is similarish, only a shitload better. It's that Remote Viewer n Hood man. Well worth checkin out.


6/10 Jrckkk Customer review, 17th March 2014

I sway more towards the 4/10 review than the quite silly 10/10 on here (seriously, this is no masterpiece). Having said that, this is an enjoyable enough album, it's basically the same as his previous one, 'Dive'. The sound has been expanded very slightly by its further use of guitar and bass. It's all very nice (the opening track is probably the standout) and inoffensive. I'm sure many people will find much to enjoy here. However, it's just not particularly interesting, or inspiring, if those qualities matter to you (and of course they aren't always important). The problem is, this album seems to be based on only one or two ideas, or motifs if you will (such as the aforementioned reverby guitar sound) and these are repeated pretty consistently throughout the album, which thankfully isn't quite long enough for it to become too tedious. Therefore, I feel that a 6/10 is a more sensible rating for a record like this - it's just 'quite good' in my view, but nothing special.


8/10 Rob Robot Customer review, 16th March 2014

Tycho isn't for the music snobs out there maybe but this is actually a very decent record from a decent artist. I get where the first reviewer is coming from with the U2 comparisons and they will be more than many can stand but its not like more reputable bands aren't above a bit of that when it suits them. Don't let that put you off. And ok it's not a radical record by any means but its not bland either. 4/10 is very harsh I reckon.


4/10 beth Customer review, 14th March 2014

I'm only adding this review to balance the 10/10 already on here. Because I checked it out on the back of the review, and was quite disappointed. It's not that it's an especially bad record, but it's not that good either. Nothing challenging, no outstanding moments, or anything different or new on display here. Just some predictable Lone-style synth sounds, dull beats, and the general vibe of a GCSE Geography video. Pleasant enough, like, just not very good.




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