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Electronic/Dance - Released February 15, 2019 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 30, 2016 | Ghostly International

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Tycho's fourth studio album, Epoch, was given a surprise digital release at the end of September 2016, about a month after it was finished. With this album, Tycho mastermind Scott Hansen completed a trilogy of albums beginning with 2011's Dive and continuing with 2014's Awake. Since its beginning in the early 2000s, the project evolved from an obscure IDM solo venture to the most well-known instrumental electronic rock band of its time, selling out several headlining tours and having its music extensively featured on television (particularly Cartoon Network's Adult Swim). Epoch extended this success, as it garnered Tycho its first Grammy nomination, for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2017 awards. The album wastes no time diving into the types of warm, nostalgic melodies Tycho fans are used to, marked by U2-esque ringing guitars and lush, rippling synthesizers. However, this album generally feels much more urgent and punchy than past Tycho efforts. On several tracks, the rhythms are more complex than anything they've attempted before, verging on math rock on songs like "Slack." On tracks such as "Division" and "Rings," the beats are fast and choppy enough to verge on drum'n'bass, yet overall the music registers much differently due to the swirling guitars and cascading synths. "Horizon" and "Epoch" are 4/4 dance tracks, showcasing Tycho at its sunniest and most upbeat, but songs like "Receiver" are slower and sadder, reaching back to the project's early, Boards of Canada-indebted days. Hansen has described Epoch as his darkest album to date, but his idea of dark is still pretty light by most standards. As such, the album never feels grim, even if there are moments when clouds obstruct the sun. While Epoch is easily the band's most diverse release to date in terms of moods and tempos, it's still recognizable as a Tycho release at any point during its duration. Hansen continues to push his group's sound while remaining familiar, and Epoch is one of Tycho's best yet. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electronic/Dance - Released October 4, 2011 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 18, 2014 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 18, 2019 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 15, 2016 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 1, 2010 | Ghostly International

Tycho's debut record has run a long, twisted road since its initial release in 2004. Originally titled Sunrise Projector, producer Scott Hansen's dreamy, downtempo masterwork was first issued on the small San Francisco Gammaphone label before being picked up by the larger IDM-centered indie Merck Records. Hansen then readjusted the sequence and expanded the album, which was released by Merck under the new title Past Is Prologue in 2006. The music was largely the same but included several new remixes by other California-based electronic artists like Dusty Brown and Chachi Jones. Success seemed on the horizon for Tycho, but that very same year, Merck folded, leaving both the artist and his enchanting album homeless. Hansen spent the following years releasing various singles and working on a follow-up before finally landing a deal with Ghostly International, which put Past Is Prologue back in print with a 2010 reissue featuring an additional new remix by Brooklyn's Mux Mool. A blend of live instruments, gentle synths, and verdant, ambient textures, Hansen's tenacious debut stretches gracefully out, brimming with late-afternoon warmth. Largely instrumental, the 13 tracks are often flecked with odd conversational samples and feathery buried sounds, adding a sensory depth to the strong melodic compositions. When vocal lines do appear, they're embedded in the atmosphere like the clouds themselves. Songs like the hazy, tuneful "Sunrise Projector" and the wandering "Cloud Generator" roll wistfully by, unaware of their own weightlessness, while the heftier "Dictaphone's Lament" is grounded by its deep, resonant bass and steady, strident beat. Above all, atmosphere is the key component in Hansen's work, and the environment he created on this lovingly rendered debut is well worth spending some time in. ~ Timothy Monger
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Dance - Released November 30, 2018 | Astralwerks

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Electronic/Dance - Released December 8, 2009 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 11, 2018 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 14, 2014 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 18, 2016 | Ghostly International

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Chill-out - Released November 12, 2007 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 25, 2014 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 2, 2012 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 24, 2008 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 20, 2014 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released August 30, 2011 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 16, 2014 | Ghostly International

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Electronic/Dance - Released August 11, 2014 | Ghostly International