Tycho
Dive


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
November 15th, 2011 | 168 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Seven years later, Tycho is as immersive as ever.

The big knock on Scott Hansen's work prior to Dive was its similarity to the seminal works of Scottish electronic duo Boards of Canada. Although such comparisons don't tell the whole story, they do form a significant reference point; Hansen's debut LP Sunrise Projector (later reissued as Past is Prologue in 2006) captured the airy, dream-like vibes of non-spooky Boards of Canada from the smooth instrumentation all the way down to samples of children being adorable. That isn't to sell Tycho short; for all the comparisons, Hansen's creative vision on Sunrise Projector/Past is Prologue was surpassed by few, particularly when taken in conjunction with his graphic artwork. While it lacked the fanfare of more prominent records, the result was a collection of some of the most highly accomplished IDM of the decade.

Although "A Walk" opens Dive much in the way of Hansen's debut, it's clear that he's picked up a few new tricks in the seven years separating the two records. While densely layered synthesizers are the main focus, Hansen's love of folk music lays down the foundation for many of the songs on Dive. In several songs, swirling melodies give way to acoustic guitars, as in the aforementioned "A Walk" where soft strumming cuts in part way through and uplifts the song to a sort of grandeur that isn't normally associated with Tycho. Guitars factor even more prominently in "Daydream" and "Melanine," forming the basic structure that Hansen's signature melodies revolve around. These aren't drastic changes by any means, but they do make for a more dynamic sound. Where Sunrise Projector/Past is Prologue took on an often nostalgic, sometimes contemplative motif, Dive projects a livelier, more carefree atmosphere. This mood is further reinforced when Hansen scales back the guitars, as in the title track. At eight minutes, it's a monster of a track, but driving beats help keep everything focused as Hansen lays down lush soundscapes that help maintain an infectious mood that is as dreamy as it is energetic.

While the fluidity of the songwriting ensures that Dive transitions from song to song very smoothly, the record doesn't see Tycho venture too far out of his comfort zone. Even so, Dive demonstrates Hansen's development as an artist. Drawing on a variety of different sounds and structures, Tycho is able to craft a number of immersive tracks. From this perspective, this multidimensional approach is certainly an improvement over Hansen's past works, and yet, at the same time it lacks a certain flair that made its predecessor special. But essentially, Dive is the kind of high quality release one expects from Hansen. That he's able to maintain the momentum garnered by past releases is impressive not only given the length of time between said releases, but also the standards that they've set.



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Bloodbirds
November 15th 2011


250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sounds awesome. I'll get this now.

Yotimi
November 15th 2011


6523 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm ok with the fact that this guy sounds exactly like BoC

ITsHxCTOASTER
November 15th 2011


2489 Comments


Oh boy oh boy can't wait to check this out

Ending
November 15th 2011


1918 Comments


*looks in reviewer recs*

*sees Board of Canada*

I will listen to this.

Rev
November 15th 2011


9438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you like BoC you will like this


Also, it rules. Great review man

ITsHxCTOASTER
November 15th 2011


2489 Comments


I love the fuck out of BoC, and I just now got to check this out. I just finished A Walk and I'm halfway into Hours. This is awesome so far

twlichty
November 15th 2011


3412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

excellent review for what sounds like an album that's just as excellent.

Seeing this guy on friday with Emancipator, should be a chill show

BallsToTheWall
November 15th 2011


44714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cant find a link for this unfortunately but one song I heard off this was awesome. Good work.

Digging: Reverend Bizarre - Return to the Rectory

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2011


31401 Comments


About time!

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

MaskAtTheMasquerade
November 15th 2011


2887 Comments


slick

struth
November 15th 2011


435 Comments


this album is beautiful.

struth
November 15th 2011


435 Comments


this album doesn't sound anything like BoC except for a few effects on some of the earlier songs.

Yotimi
November 15th 2011


6523 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haven't listened to this one yet but all his other stuff sounds just like BoC

ITsHxCTOASTER
November 15th 2011


2489 Comments


I got like halfway through this and I can see the Boards of Canada comparison but it's mostly like The Campfire Headphase-era Boards of Canada. This is different and it's great, but it's not Boards of Canada great

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2011


31401 Comments


There's definitely a BoC feel here, those kind of woozy and drunken synth set-ups. I've never bought into Boc Being a "spooky" band though

ITsHxCTOASTER
November 15th 2011


2489 Comments


I definitely don't think they're "spooky." Maybe a little bit of Geogaddi is dark and a bit unsettling, but not spooky. The thing BoC is most characteristic of for me is giving me a strong feeling of nostalgia and I'm not sure why.

Rev
November 15th 2011


9438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Geogaddi has a demon living inside it

balcaen
November 15th 2011


3183 Comments


past and prologue is the shit. must find DL link

DeathByDaydream
November 16th 2011


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i don't listen to a lot of stuff like this but this is really cool.

struth
November 16th 2011


435 Comments


"haven't listened to this one yet but all his other stuff sounds just like BoC"

His earlier stuff has way more of a BoC vibe.

"those kind of woozy and drunken synth set-ups"

I completely agree on that one Dev. Very similar "woozy" synths on some tracks. Album rules.



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