Tycho, Dive (Deluxe Version)
Dreamtime electronica with amazing pull and staying power
With electronic dance music in 2011 perennially on the verge of crossing over into bigger arenas, it makes sense that this year’s albums mirror the moment. But Tycho’s Dive is less a bid for major stardom than for the indie rock kind, and he earns it without looking back. Dive crosses a lot of parallel streams — chillwave, the “idylltronica” of Boards of Canada, ’80s-plastic-synth revivalism, the Jan Hammer-soundtrack throwbacks of Studio (see the eight-plus-minute “Dive”), the lambent side of early rave as refracted through the work of Lone, dusty breaks a la Mo’ Wax — in one easy go, summing up those styles’ strong points with tightly-arranged songs. Even the stuff that seems to fall out of the speakers like dew off leaves has some pace, as with the sparkling, mush-mouthed guitar that guides “Daydream” over its slow-rolling breakbeat. File it alongside Caribou’s Swim and Four Tet’s There Is Love in You as dreamtime electronica with amazing pull and staying power.