Editors’ Notes Low-lit grooves meet high drama in the swooshing, swirling ambient-ish music of Tycho. The Bay Area producer’s fourth album Awake mixes layered guitar strum, electric bass, and electronic wash with beats that are chilled-out but emphatic too. The panoramic title track starts the show in a melancholy mood that soon progresses toward brightness (“Montana”) and, in time, drifting serenity (“Dye”). Gripping melodies and loud-quiet dynamics cribbed from post-rock set up a sense of suspense teased out in deft and diverging instrumentals, each of which seems to tell a story of its own.

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Awake
1
4:43
 
Montana
2
5:26
 
L
3
4:37
 
Dye
4
5:17
 
See
5
5:18
 
Apogee
6
4:20
 
Spectre
7
3:46
 
Plains
8
3:17
 

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