Fortunately, Hansen keeps things brief, cutting Awake dead around the minute mark after eight tracks. A common problem with bringing live instrumentation into techno is the heavy handedness that can set in—a dilemma the Field 's live-band incarnation often grapples with—although that's rarely an issue here. Only on "Spectre" does the subtlety loosen, but even there it offers release from the strong sense of control that can feel suffocating when the Tycho sound is so thoroughly pinned down.
Where all this leads Hansen and his creation is into a great pool of reflective thought, typified by the introspective guitar strum of "Plains". It feels like this is Tycho mining an older strain of music than the more contemporary references of Dive.
There are nods to post-rock, but this feels like it's reaching further toward the sources of that genre than the acts themselves, with Tortoise 's aping of Mike Oldfield 's Tubular Bells on TNT emerging as a strong reference point.
Lessons have been learned from Dive here—this is a much leaner record that feels skillfully edited, with less use for indulgence and circular routes that don't lead anywhere. NPR Shop. Review: Tycho, 'Awake' Awake is like a soundtrack to a sunbaked road trip, capturing the inexplicable nostalgia one feels while imagining a new life in a new town. Review: Tycho, 'Awake'. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. March 2, PM ET.
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