Under his Tycho moniker, the San Fransisco based Scott Hansen creates instrumental soundscapes made up of brooding settings and nostalgia inflicted synthesizers. Also known as a graphic artist and founder of ISO50 – a minimalistic design blog, Hansens music tell the same tale as the imaginary on his blog; namely a sense of scaled down architectural minimalism merged with hazy Californian romanticism. His wonderful 2011 album Drive, sounded a lot like an instrumental version of Washed Out and Neon Indian, but possibly even closer to the roots of that particular sound. That is, a sound at core akin to the electronic based music of the late 70’s, early 80’s, layered with the same mindset as the mid 90’s ambient music of Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin. While Hansen’s sound isn’t in any way original, his delicate textures are simply more carefully put together than many of his bedroom-oriented peers.
On “Awake”, his first composition in over two years, there’s a sense of more purposely layered guitars that energies the track forward, and the result is his most organic sounding creation to date. Compared to Drive, “Awake” sound substantially less romantic, more fully formed as an instrumental pop song, to the point that you almost wish for vocals to appear.
Hansen is currently working on his fourth album, out sometime next year. In the meantime, “Awake” is available digitally via Ghostly International.