Tycho
Epoch


4.0
excellent

Review

by Winsomniac USER (25 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2016 | 108 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Praise the Sun.

It's no secret that Tycho's sound is intensely evocative of summer. Even the most cursory of glances through Scott Hansen's photography and design work will reveal a fascination with the sun that borders on obsession. For well over a decade now, Tycho's lush, layered soundscapes have brought the indulgent bliss of a restful bask in the sun-drenched beaches of California to listeners the world over.

While one might make the argument that Tycho's trademark sound is in essence a tasteful mashup of simple consonant melodies, the result in each case has always been far greater than the sum of its constituent parts. In this, Epoch is no exception.

Epoch finds Tycho maintaining the minimalist approach to exuberance that has thus far defined its career. However, where earlier works like Dive bubbled along with all the inexorability of the ocean, with periods of calm serving merely to punctuate the upbeat tempo that suffused the album, Epoch appears to be much more deliberate in its mixing of lethargic and upbeat tempos. The resulting effect compounds with the album artwork, and if one were to call Tycho a concept project, Epoch would be the sunset to the respective sunrise and perihelion to Awake and Dive.

Tracks like "Receiver" and "Field" showcase the subtle but calculated influence of solemn elements that ironically make Epoch Tycho's most diverse work to date. Where previous albums flow seamlessly from one song to another in a manner that leaves listeners suspecting the entire work could have been recorded in one spurt of brilliance and later split haphazardly into tracks, Epoch's tracks each have a life of their own, leaving the album feeling more substantial than its predecessors.

If there was one word to describe Tycho's previous two full-lengths, it would likely be singular. Dive, in particular, was a beautiful, but ultimately one-dimensional tribute to sun and summer whose intangible allure found it mostly at odds with any environment beyond driving with the windows down and celebrations with good friends.

That being said, Epoch is still undeniably indulgent at all the right times, and fans who found themselves captivated by Hansen's ability to craft soundscapes to revel in will be sure to enjoy tracks like "Glider," "Horizon," "Slack." Discerning listeners will still find note combinations that hearken back to previous melodies; a trademark of Hansen's that I found almost overbearing on Dive, now honed into a tasteful treat.

The drum production in particular seems to have improved significantly, as showcased on "Source." In addition, Tycho's trademark riff-infused-synthesizer is used simply as a feature of the album, rather than the overwhelming focus of it. Overall, Epoch is Tycho at its most crisp, mature, and perhaps, its best.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Winsomniac
October 3rd 2016


8668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whew! Been a while, hopefully I still make sense.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2016


25015 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

will check damn.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2016


57023 Comments


heard that one tycho album and it wasn't very good

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2016


25015 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dive? dive is pretty great. nothing too special but its nice

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2016


57023 Comments


It was nice in a very average way

climactic
October 3rd 2016


22447 Comments


thats basically the definition of tycho

Winsomniac
October 3rd 2016


8668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, Toad!



Treb, sometimes I feel like you expect everything needs to try to impress you. You can dislike something without it being objectively bad, lol

CaliggyJack
October 3rd 2016


3248 Comments


PRAISE THE SUN

Tyler.
October 3rd 2016


17528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i have very little interest in checking this tbh

Winsomniac
October 3rd 2016


8668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Caliggy: I figured I'd get the dark souls fans with that one, heh



Tyler: Sorry to hear that - I think it's a good time, but to each their own!

ashcrash9
October 3rd 2016


3090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cool album, great review

Funeralopolis
October 3rd 2016


14388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

digging this, really relaxing stuff

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Winsomniac
October 3rd 2016


8668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, man. Horizon is quintessential Tycho and Source is a goddamn space jam

Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 3rd 2016


47277 Comments


words cannot describe how much i hate that album cover

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 3rd 2016


47277 Comments


"It was nice in a very average way"

"thats basically the definition of tycho"

truth

Winsomniac
October 3rd 2016


8668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How can you feel so strongly against literally 3 shapes and 3 colors?

TheWrenKing
October 3rd 2016


1696 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hey sunrise projector is pretty great

Drummerboy123
October 3rd 2016


3096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quintessential background music. "A Walk" is still one of the chillest jams ever.



This is pretty good. Was expecting a change in sound with the way they were talking about it but it's pretty much an amalgamation of the last 2 albums.

zaruyache
October 4th 2016


21599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Oh cool this and NOFX both streaming on the same day. Gonna check this next.

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zaruyache
October 4th 2016


21599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I like the minimalism.



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