Tycho, 'Dive' (Ghostly International)

Critical Mass
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Label: Ghostly International

by Eric Harvey

Divesounds exactly like the music you'd expect from a San Francisco–based graphic designer who shares his pseudonym (Brahe) with the 16th-century scientist who revolutionized the precise measurement of astronomical phenomena. Scott Hansen's second LP as Tycho is full of sun-glinted electronic refractions of the world around him, yet nothing is out of place, as though he used iPhoto to sort and tag all the sounds from Boards of Canada's Geogaddi. Peaking with its eight-minute title track, Diveis a pretty and sturdily crafted collection of techno maybe-memories -- hypnagogic pop for a very discerning Ikea shopper.

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