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

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 28, 2020 | Mom+Pop

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Weather was Tycho's first album to be centered around lyrics, with guest vocalist Hannah Cottrell (Saint Sinner) adding a more relatable touch to the group's already accessible brand of atmospheric electronic pop. Simulcast takes the same material and makes it more open to interpretation, removing the lead vocals and expanding on the instrumental ideas of the album. Three of the songs on Weather were already instrumentals (with just a few vocal traces by Cottrell), and they reappear on Simulcast without alteration. Otherwise, the track list is rearranged, and the other five songs are reworked and given new titles. This isn't a dub version, nor did Tycho mastermind Scott Hansen merely just snip out the vocal tracks. Here, he adds more guitar and synth melodies which seem to sing out in the same way as on older Tycho albums. The tracks stretch out a little bit longer, and in some cases there are more active rhythms. "Outer Sunset" adds slapping drums to the previously beatless "Skate," while "Alright" takes the lazy beach drift of "For How Long" and leads it closer to the dancefloor. "PCH" adds a dark enough hue to "Pink & Blue" so that it registers as a different song than the original, even though the music is essentially the same. The last two tracks, "Cypress" and "Stress," respectively take "Japan" and "No Stress" as the launching pads for mildly psychedelic mind journeys, stretching them farther out and retaining a few brief lyrical phrases from Cottrell. Simulcast could be thought of as the more "background music" version of Weather, but even without lyrics, it's still meant to put your mind in motion. Both versions are equally worth the roughly half-hour it takes to listen to each. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Electronic/Dance - Released October 4, 2011 | Ghostly International

The transcendental soundscapes of San Francisco’s Scott Hansen sparkle and shine in Tycho’s first Ghostly release. The San Francisco graphic designer/electronic musician stays dedicated to the musical styles of Boards of Canada and Ulrich Schnauss, with liquid keyboards drizzled over gentle beats, but as the popularity of chillwave continues to increase, these types of hazy meditations are as relevant as ever. When the airy vocals of Jianda Johnson are introduced in the title track, Hansen’s warm mellow grooves fall right in line with groups like Small Black, Neon Indian, and M83. Additional live instrumentation -- provided by guitarist Zac Brown and bassists Dusty Brown and Matt McCord (on “A Walk” and “Ascension”) -- makes Dive more multidimensional than 2004’s Sunrise Projector or 2006’s Past Is Prologue. Likewise, it’s his most downtempo effort, and all that much more soothing and captivating. © Jason Lymangrover /TiVo
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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 /TiVo
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Electronic/Dance - Released January 15, 2016 | Ghostly International

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

The variations within Tycho's music have always been subtle, hovering between ambient introspection and more active synth pop and post-rock elements. On Awake, Scott Hansen breaks the mold a bit, crafting a set of songs with more prominent peaks and valleys than his previous work. He makes this shift known with the album's first two songs, both of which shake off the insular feel of his previous album, Dive, in favor of streamlined guitar pop with most of its rough edges and raw emotions smoothed away. "Awake" foreshadows how large a role chugging and chiming guitars play on the rest of the album; Tycho's signature squiggly analog synths don't surface until the track is almost over. Meanwhile, the lush "Montana" is the closest Hansen has come to delivering an anthem. Later, "Apogee"'s prickly electronics and distorted beats underscore that Awake is something of a departure even in its more familiar-sounding moments. Whenever it feels like Hansen has sacrificed too much of the haunting, affecting qualities of Dive and Past Is Prologue for something more superficially energetic -- such as "See"'s laser-guided climax -- he tempers Awake with more reflective pieces. "Dye" will reassure longtime fans that he hasn't lost his flair for breezily melancholic atmospheres, while "L"'s prominent beat doesn't detract from the song's gentle liftoff or the way its sparkling keyboards and guitars melt into each other. Despite Awake's flirtations with change, like other Tycho albums it's best appreciated as a whole; moving from bright to serene to brooding, it offers a sunset of moods. As it drifts off in a haze with "Plains"' winsome haze, it feels like the musical equivalent of tasteful graphic design; even as Tycho adds more depth and variety to his sound, his music's main success is giving listeners an attractive backdrop for whatever they might be doing. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Electronic/Dance - Released December 12, 2019 | Mom+Pop

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 29, 2020 | Mom+Pop

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 11, 2019 | Mom+Pop

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 4, 2012 | Ghostly International

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

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 17, 2019 | Mom+Pop

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

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Dance - Released November 30, 2018 | Astralwerks

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Electronic/Dance - Released August 20, 2019 | Mom+Pop

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

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

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 17, 2019 | Mom+Pop

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

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