Review: Dive (Tycho, 2011)


By: Sparks

Put on your headphones. Close your eyes. Enter: Dive.

Tycho’s sophomore album slowly bubbles to life, creating a vibe reminiscent of laying on a secluded beach -- in another dimension. The late summer sun has warmed the water that laps at the shore, a gentle breeze rustles through the tall grass sprouting from the sand, the sky becomes a kaleidoscope of color. It is, all at once, calming and exhilarating.
The first song bursts awake as the drums come in, setting the tempo for the entire experience. You are then carefully guided along the track list as it all seamlessly flows together.

Dive allows you to get lost in a lush, mysterious world created by Scott Hansen, aka Tycho, and although it debuted in 2011, it remains a treasure in my music library. Dive takes you on a gorgeous fifty-minute journey through a landscape of organic sounds, analog synthesizers, guitars and more. Each track is richly layered, sprawling with audio goodies.

Tycho is almost always the perfect soundtrack for life in general. The music effortlessly combines powerful bass and rhythm with soothing ambiance. I can sleep to this album, go for a run, take a bath, or let it play through my bluetooth speaker while hanging out with friends.

With a discography that now includes four full-length albums, some singles and plenty of remixes, Tycho is here to stay.

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