Ambient music has to have a flavour, when mildness is the call then it is important to distinguish it from another, perhaps this is the biggest challenge in this genre. Tycho has been able to craft some wonderful home sounds with an effected guitar and synths which resemble that of M83 or Ulrich Schnauss. The space age sweeps and cerebral spirals of beat form a droplet of watery textured music that flows like a calm river.
Glider is a wonderful escape into the stratosphere upon the silken wings of arpeggio and basic movements of tone. It melts over the room like slightly warmed butter, and flicks of light seem to dance on the runny lather as the pressure rises a bit more with the oncoming of track two. Horizon keeps us afloat but the gliding person has by now become accustomed to the flow of things, and the sky meeting the land is the outlook. Winds come along and jolt us, in places the bars find a new level of franticness which can occasionally be a little jumpy. Not for meditating to really, it's just not that ambient. This is definitive music for enjoying as is.
Slack and Receiver have reduced the power and flow and replaced the energy with a higher reaching melody, skillful organic guitar echoes, and a freshness that keeps us interested. Once again, with this kind of music, finding the balance between boring and beautiful can be a little tricky. Much deeper in the mix is a nicely knitted distortion which warms everything up, but it really needs to be listened for, otherwise it simply fills the gaps between the music.
By the time we find ourselves listening to Local, we find that time really flies when we are having fun, and the album is almost at an end. Continuum feels like a new morning, in which everything is given a fresh perspective. Field being the last track, takes us to that place inside where the grass is green and the books have already been read. It is a delightful ending to the album, and when the ending comes like the scratch of a record, it simply feels like a cue to press repeat and listen again.