Tycho, also known as Scott Hansen, has released his fourth full length album, Awake. Since 2011’s Dive, Hansen has clearly been developing his craft of complex guitar lines and a soothing aesthetic. His music does not fail to bring forth feelings of nostalgia and comfort.
Highlights include “Awake,” a promising and up-beat opening to the album, and “Montana” an excellent example of his complexity. Though the album is slightly underwhelming, it is still not one to disregard. With his graphic design experience clear in the aesthetic and image-provoking quality of the album, complexity and extreme attention to detail separates his style from others in the genre including Boards of Canada, Shigeto, and Gold Panda. All in all, his synesthetic album is a solid follow-up to Dive.