Label: Ghostly International
Like M83, Apparat and Ulrich Schnauss, Tycho is a master of ulterior motives: Beneath his moody electronic atmospheres lies the purest of pop sensibilities. He's clearly studied the liquid properties of shoegaze as well as the epic proportions of the '80s' most iconic alt rock. Nevertheless, the music gels with a kind of dreamy clarity that has more to do with ambient fantasists like Boards of Canada. ("Adrift" might as well be a tribute to the latter.) "Lush" barely begins to describe it.