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  • Summary: The addition of Zac Brown and Rory O’Connor turns Scott Hansen's solo project into an ambient trio for its third full-length release.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Apr 1, 2014
    100
    Tycho's new album only has eight songs on it, but each one is like its own laid-back journey through time, with probably the coolest dude ever as your spirit guide. That's like super classic album status right there.
  2. Mar 19, 2014
    80
    This is a promising new approach and one that Tycho sounds genuinely thrilled to be exploring.
  3. Magnet
    Apr 18, 2014
    75
    He cranks up the palm-muted and Edge-delayed guitars for an eight-song chaser, that, again, miraculously never fades into stasis. [No. 108, p.61]
  4. Mar 12, 2014
    70
    More than ever before, these songs spin on their own axes: and that fact alone makes this record as positive a step forward for Tycho as anything.
  5. Mar 13, 2014
    70
    Though the harmonic material isn’t always major keys, everything (mix, production, sonic universe) is pleasant, resolves nicely; the song structures are divided into equal measurements; much peace and congruence are present.
  6. Mar 12, 2014
    70
    You can hear a band recognising that the journey is important as the destination, and the process important as the final product.
  7. Mar 17, 2014
    40
    An album that is pretty, stream-lined, and much too often dull.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 1, 2015
    10
    This album is an incredible piece of artwork. From start to finish, Awake captures the listener and takes them on a ride. This record has moreThis album is an incredible piece of artwork. From start to finish, Awake captures the listener and takes them on a ride. This record has more acoustic instrumentation than Dive, bringing Tycho closer to previous works in his catalog, like Past is Prologue. The maturation of Tycho as an artist is clear, and this album proves it. Expand
  2. Apr 9, 2014
    10
    With such a short album comes a blast of fresh air in rather stale indie charts. On Awake they prove just what they can do withWith such a short album comes a blast of fresh air in rather stale indie charts. On Awake they prove just what they can do with instrumentation and mixing. Its cohesive and uplifting and likeable. A definite win. Expand
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    6
    This will definitely require additional listens, but so far I'm not too impressed. That is to say, I'm not disappointed. I'm not sure what IThis will definitely require additional listens, but so far I'm not too impressed. That is to say, I'm not disappointed. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this sounds like an extension of Dive, not an entirely new LP.

    Still worthy of a listen!
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  4. Apr 23, 2014
    5
    Probably his weakest effort to date. This album really is background music at most. Pleasant at times, but not much beneath the surfaceProbably his weakest effort to date. This album really is background music at most. Pleasant at times, but not much beneath the surface really. No real bad tracks here, but none really standout, maybe that's the point, who knows. Apogee is the probably the most unique song here though, followed by L. The production is leveled out to a more professional level, sounding like more of an actual band than one man. Sounds less hazy than its predecessors, but nowhere near as compelling. Expand
  5. Oct 21, 2014
    5
    Nice. Yes. Enjoyable. Yes. Catchy. Sometimes. i guess i cant get through with it, i already heard this before...is like Dive Part 2....and theNice. Yes. Enjoyable. Yes. Catchy. Sometimes. i guess i cant get through with it, i already heard this before...is like Dive Part 2....and the second parts are not always good. Expand