Tycho
Past is Prologue


3.5
great

Review

by Marko Polovina USER (90 Reviews)
June 14th, 2009 | 13 replies | 11,903 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In strict comparison to electronic goliaths like Board of Canada, Tycho’s Past Is Prologue stands on its own.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

What exactly is obvious of any electronic band with developing soundscapes that only draws you in? Boards of Canada, despite their repetitive sampling aren’t anything truly awe-inspiring, but what is easily described as electronic can only be heard with your ears only – that is too truly understand the sound they produce. Tycho’s Past Is Prologue mixes various sampling with ambient techno atmospheres a la Board of Canada and even ambient artists such as Eno (not as limited).

Past Is Prologue isn’t something understood on first listens. Like other ambient or electronic artists it isn’t understood completely including the type of environment that is actually being developed towards the listener. “From Home” could be compared to the majority of Port Blue’s wondrous The Airship. The overall feeling or attribute that the track gains is the feeling of floating on air or ‘riding the wind’ so to speak. Tracks like “Sunrise Projector”, “Dictaphones Lament”, and “PBS” can their characteristics from Boards of Canada. For one their overall sound is truly given off by the experience of electronic looping and drum tactics only to invigorate and relax the listener. The second release by Scott Hansen is surely to show what’s to come for his future discography.

Hansen’s diverse usage of distributing ambient and electronic samples in the background in “Send and Receive” bring the variety that is interesting and appealing, but the rainy “Brother” despite its short sequence is extremely pleasing and can be seen as a ‘brother’ to Monolake’s discography. As much as I praise many of these songs there are a few road bumps along the way. ¾ into the album some of the material becomes stagnant with “A Circular Reeducation”. The same could be said for “Past Is Prologue” and “Cloud Generator”, unlike most of the album the repetition in electronic loops or the interchanging atmospheres towards ambient and electronic become boring in some stages. The conclusion amounts to a few remixes of “Circular Reeducation”, “Send and Receive”, and “Sunrise Projector”. The latter of the two are the not necessarily improvements towards the originals, but they add a subtle difference in each track. All in all, Past Is Prologue is an excellent addition to any ambient or electronic fan (more so towards Boards of Canada fans). It surely will not disappoint.



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AlexTM510
June 15th 2009



1400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review pos.

however

Past Is Prologue isn’t something understood on first listens


I was actually instantly hooked on it. It has this cool summertime rain vibe which I love.

Def. needs more recognition on this site which hopefully the review can do so good review again.

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thebhoy
Emeritus
June 15th 2009



4459 Comments


You might want to read over that second paragraph again.

MassiveAttack
June 15th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I was really struggling to get those two first sentences correctly so I just cut out the 2nd half of it.

Willie
Moderator
June 15th 2009



15911 Comments


Nice review but I don't think I'll look for this.

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MassiveAttack
June 15th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Honestly the first 5 of 7 tracks are superb, but the ending is a downer since it falls off. By the way, I never asked. Whats up with your avatar? lol

irishmanshibby
July 8th 2009



355 Comments


I prefer the Science of Patterns over this, even though thats just an EP...I'll have to give this another listen.

MassiveAttack
July 8th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is actually his debut (remastered, checked it on his website).

iamthenightmare
September 8th 2009



754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn my old review for this must have gotten deleted in one of the site crashes. Oh well 1 review is enough

MassiveAttack
September 8th 2009



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You made one and didn't save it! I always save my reviews.

MCalle451
September 15th 2009



25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

truly an album i will remember. every song puts me in another world haha.

sexpoi
February 23rd 2010



599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i've heard some of this and it sounds pretty good... but it's more like something i would listen to to fall asleep which isn't a bad thing; it's just so chill

MassiveAttack
October 20th 2010



2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll be looking forward to it chambered.

sudonym
December 18th 2010



27 Comments


great review, I wanna get more of this guy's stuff. however, BoC is quite awe inspiring imo



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