In the twelve or so years that Scott Hansen has been putting out records as Tycho, from early bedroom productions to 2011’s glossy album Dive, the American producer has carved his own niche within the electronica and ambient marketplace. His signature sound of reverb heavy and washed-out melodies set against softly insistent drums have come to constitute an instantly recognisable, tonally manipulated aesthetic that, as every review of his work tends to reiterate, reflects his work as a professional photographer under the guise of ISO50.
And whilst Tycho’s finely-crafted sound has earned him a core of devoted followers and critical praise, the downside to having such a tight audio range is that it becomes harder and harder not to repeat yourself. It’s a pitfall that the Californian producer seems aware of. Awake, his second album for Michigan’s leftfield dance-music label Ghostly International, saw Hansen hook up with guitarist Zach Brown and drummer Rory O’Connor for the first Tycho album to feature live instrumentation in a move that injected Tycho’s trademark soft-hued melodies with a slightly rough-edge.
With the album not long behind us Tycho has now decided to share new “deluxe version” of Awake which will include the albums eight original tracks alongside remixes from Bibio, Com Truise, Beacon and Christopher Willits.
Set to arrive December 16 you can check out a tracklist for the deluxe album and the Willits remix of ‘Montana below.
01. Awake02. Montana03. L04. Dye05. See06. Apogee07. Spectre08. Plains09. Awake (Com Truise Remix)10. Spectre (Bibio Remix)11. See (Beacon Remix)12. Montana (Christopher Willits Remix)