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First few copies of the LP and CD come with a bonus Ghostly label sampler featuring Tobacco, HTRK, Fort Romeau, Kiln and more. For nearly a decade, Tycho has been known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen, but with the release of 'Awake' - his second LP for Ghostly International - the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band. Relating closer to post-rock than ambient soundscapes, the record is situated in the present, sounding more like Hansen than drawing from his influences. This is, in many ways, the first true Tycho record. The sound is much more stripped-down and concise with more organic instruments in the fold. Songs like 'Montana' and 'Awake' are a departure from Tycho's previous material - unique to the group effort poured into the songs on the new record - while 'See' and 'Dye' echo ideas from previous works, bridging a middle ground between the old and new. Working with Count Eldridge, who also engineered Dive, the team could fixate on the pulses that Tycho might previously layer under synthesizers and exhume them with distinct bass and guitar patterns.
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