Review: Tycho Embraces Change on Soothing New Album 'Weather'

Tycho shifts in a different direction, without losing too much of the previous album trilogy on 'Weather.'
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There are few artists in the world that carved their own unique lane like Tycho, real name Scott Hansen. When you hear the reverbed guitar and muffled synths with a little crunch on top, you know that it is a Tycho song. With a new chapter ahead of him, Hansen has released his new album Weather.

Tycho has talked over the past few years that his beloved albums Dive, Awake and Epoch were a trio of records that were all in a singular line. Once Epoch came out he wanted to shift gears into a different direction with his music.

We got a sense that was coming with 2017’s “See” featuring Beacon that featured vocals on a Tycho track for the first time. As we rolled into the Weather album cycle, we got more a sense that things would be changing.

The first single “Easy” sounds like it could have been plucked from the trilogy era, but with some minor updates. Then the songs with Saint Sinner started to come out and it was clear he was all in on vocals for this album. In fact five of the eight songs feature Saint Sinner, the only vocalist on the album. It is almost a duo record between Hansen and Saint Sinner.

Many of their collabs don’t steer too far away from his dreamy guitars, but there are some notable differences. “Skate” has a bit of an indie-folk feel to it, mixed with pop and some soothing electronica that runs underneath the record. “For Too Long” brings some jazzy rhythms with Saint Sinner’s vocals playing the most prominent role in the record.

Not all of the vocal tracks are like that though. “No Stress” brings in the guitar for a leading part, while some the rhythms harken back to the album trilogy.

Another large change is how these songs fit together. The drums are no longer the rhythms he would use on most songs with running snares, hi-hats and some bass underneath. Those are still found on the instrumentals to match the relaxing melodies, but there is more diversity when it comes to these drums. They can be much more subdued on the vocal tracks, which makes sense since they would clash and compete with each, while the jogging drums find their place in his instrumentals.

Weather is a moment of change for Tycho. While he may not change as quickly as the weather, fans better be ready for a new chapter in the musical world of Tycho. The album starts with an instantly recognizable little synth bit on “Easy” and then eases through the rest of the 30-minute album. It is a journey through the mesh of organic sounds and vocals with his dreamy indie electronica. 

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