Awake

Tycho - Awake
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2014 Ratings: #842 / 1026
User Score
Based on 147 ratings
2014 Ratings: #366
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

The production is meticulous, and though each track is seemingly light on variation, once you really dial in (or put your headphones on) Awake is a subtle panoply of rhythms and musical ideas.

73
Paste

Awake, though, doesn’t feel like much of an evolution for Hansen or his music.

70
Pitchfork

It's still recognizable as a Tycho recording, with a familiar sense of melancholy and the embers of sundown burning through it, but with the ambition clearly heightened right from the first few notes.

70
Sputnikmusic

More than ever before, these songs spin on their own axes: and that fact alone makes this record as positive a step forward for Tycho as anything.

70
AllMusic

Even as Tycho adds more depth and variety to his sound, his music's main success is giving listeners an attractive backdrop for whatever they might be doing.

70
Exclaim!

Although Tycho and company seemingly recycle a few ideas on Awake, it's a rewarding, mood-inducing listen that's best digested whole.

70
Drowned in Sound

Rather than being populated by long moments of relaxation, the way old Tycho tracks used to sit back invitingly, Awake pokes and prods at your ears with a sudden change in pace or the introduction of a new motif.

70
musicOMH

Awake is in many ways a perfect record, but if the listener isn’t prepared for a full-on ecstatic assault, it’s hard to see them making it beyond the first track.

67
Consequence of Sound

Awake is a compelling gallery of electronic minimalism whose emotional depth requires a rich listen and zero passes.

60
DIY

The record surprises far more frequently than his previous material, despite never straying too far from his initial sound.

60
NME

That's not to say this eight-track instrumental isn't pleasant, it's just a bit like going for a drive around a ring road: You'll be comfy, you might spot some pretty things on the hard shoulder, but ultimately it doesn't get you anywhere.

60
The Needle Drop
Tycho makes the transition from hazy bedroom producer to what almost sounds like a full instrumental rock band on this latest record of his.
55
The 405

There are times during Awake that could be forgiven for thinking that you're listening to the backing track of an on-screen TV guide, or some sync for a instructional video on how to get the best out of the latest Adobe software.

50
No Ripcord

Awake is completely aware of what it wants to accomplish, but it also comes across as stunted and unvarying in emphasis.

40
PopMatters

Over the eight songs here Hansen struggles to be engaging leaving an album that is pretty, stream-lined, and much too often dull.

xcomebackkid
88

Tycho may be one of the strongest undercurrents in chill music. If you feel that his music sounds too familiar to other things it's because he has set the bar to which all other chill artists aspire to. His music is so rare in that it exists in the familiar and in the contemporary. He is able to successfully navigate the air of a room. His music is to be breathed in and not to be smelled in a sense. Recharging and non disruptive. Awake captures that peace you feel when you wake up a bit too ... read more

Miraflowers
70

The song named after this album has a strong meaning to me, thanks Tycho.

43Music
59

boring elevator music

mrmonstercat
90

tycho's music is great for a long car ride, and sometimes that's all you need. the serene atmosphere is almost always nailed

surgeonofdeath
44

it's not that bad but not that good either
could serve as the soundtrack for a PS2 game idk

Miraflowers
70

The song named after this album has a strong meaning to me, thanks Tycho.

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Track List

  1. Awake
  2. Montana
  3. L
  4. Dye
  5. See
  6. Apogee
  7. Spectre
  8. Plains
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Added on: December 17, 2013