As an album, ‘Awake’ feels like a breathe of fresh air. The drums and guitar serve to host the subtle arrangements that Tycho brings to the table. This being his first album with a full band, the experience is bound to be fresh. But this album feels more like the musicians letting the music speak for itself, rather than them trying to make a mark for themselves.
Perhaps it’s Christopher Willits’ electroacoustic influence as production consultant and mastering engineer, but Tycho’s latest album sounds like The Cure or Washed Out on mute, or with your ears between the pillows, hiding away in a cocoon of early morning light. And it feels good to sleep – but recharged from that powerful energy, the light inside can begin to affect the outside world.
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