Song Exploder: Tycho - Awake
December 11, 2014 7:54 AM - Subscribe

Tycho is the project of Scott Hansen, along with guitarist Zac Brown and drummer Rory O’Connor. I spoke with Scott in front of a live audience in San Francisco (thanks to Noise Pop). In this episode, he breaks down the title track from the 2014 Tycho album Awake, including a note he misplayed, and a vocal part you aren’t really supposed to know about.

Buy "Awake" on iTunes.
See some of Scott's design work for Tycho at Re-form on
The Interpol song that influenced Scott is "PDA."
posted by ocherdraco (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The misplayed note and the vocal bit are the kinds of things I love finding out about on Song Exploder.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:55 AM on December 11, 2014

This was great! I discovered Tycho on NPR a while back and love Awake, so this just makes me like it even more. Haven't listened to Song Exploder before this, so now I have to go dig through their archives and see if any of my other favorites are featured.
posted by noneuclidean at 7:56 PM on December 12, 2014

I didn't love this track (seemed like a knockoff Ratatat) and the only bit I really wanted to understand more about was the beat and they skipped the production of that entirely. Time to lobby max fun for longer episodes imo!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:30 PM on December 14, 2014

I enjoyed this -- I've always liked the concept of Sound Exploder but they usually talk about songs I've never heard. This was already a favorite song so it was great to hear, although now that wrong note will bug me every time I hear it...
posted by mmoncur at 2:10 AM on December 21, 2014

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