Often when musicians have delved deep into a project for years, they change sound, find something new and exciting. But even after 14 years, Tycho stays true to the atmospheric resonance of his debut work. His latest is composed of intertwining melodies, pulsing drum beats, and droning synths, a refinement of his debut work known to many as resident sounds of the chill/study/vibes playlist neighbourhood.
With his production, Tycho creates imagery and captures emotion. His sound is a sonic rendition of colour gradients, of digitalised sunsets keeping in line with his synthesised and electronic work which in effect create the Tycho brand, a result of Hansen’s work as both music producer and graphic designer. Years of instrumental work brought Tycho with persistence to create vocal work, which resulted in his collaborative album Weather with Grammy-nominated singer Saint Sinner. Simulcast acts as the instrumental retelling of the vocal album, and a place where Tycho finds solace.
Simulcast finds Tycho reimagining the feelings one gets from being in nature, into music. “Into The Woods” begins with unfaltering motivic repetitions in the synths and percussion, a feeling of enclosure akin to the feeling of getting lost in the woods. “Outer Sunset” starts with sci-fi sound effects, a play on the idea of ‘outer space’. Feelings of calm in the presence of nature are elicited in “Alright” and “Easy”. These tracks generally hold the same feel, made to be played in continuum, such is the relief found in fluidity. The clouded and echoey “Stress” ends the album, and with that, synthesised gasps escape into tranquility.
Calm is essentially found in repetition rather than over-complexity in Tycho’s music. It makes for a stress-reliever as much as background music, enough to stimulate but not to distract. It’s a notion that Tycho feeds in this album which after 14 years might seem tedious in light of his debut work. Tracks like “A Walk” from his 2011 album Dive is one of his best and most popular works, a track driven by melody and instrumental narrative, creating atmosphere as well as musical intrigue.
Simulcast reminds listeners that Tycho doesn’t make music for the forefront, rather it’s music made to create ambience, something that is not invited by intricacy and distraction but by fluidity and sequence.