Review: It's been some three years since the release of Dive, the most recent full length from Scott Hansen's decidedly Balearic Tycho project. Here he returns to regular home Ghostly International with Awake, his fourth full-length. It sees him in fine form, delivering a sun-bright set that melds blissful guitars and shoegaze textures with hazy electronics, warm grooves and orange-hued atmospherics. Hansen is a master at creating unashamedly positive, evocative music, and Awake is full of these kind of smile-inducing moments. Aside from being impeccably well made, it is also pleasingly cheery. If you've yet to succumb to his charms, Awake is a great place to start.
Review: Scott Hanson's Tycho project has been responsible for some fine albums over the last 15 years, with the Ghostly International released "Awake" and "Epoch" being particular favourites of ours. "Weather" sees the loose US producer and his regular collaborators pitch up on Ninja Tune for the very first time. As usual, there's much to enjoy, with the combo crafting ear catching, sundown soundscapes and dreamy underground pop songs out of colourful analogue synthesizers, tight-but-jazzy drums, decidedly Balearic guitars and heartwarming bass. Highlights include pitch-perfect opener "Easy", the languid and bubbly "Pink & Blue" (the first of a swathe of cuts with fragile, innocent-sounding vocalist Saint Sinner) and the opaque, slow motion bliss of "Japan".