Dive (Tycho album)

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Studio album by Tycho
Released November 8, 2011
Length 50:37
Label Ghostly International
Producer Scott Hansen
Tycho chronology
Past Is Prologue
Fragments / Ascension

Dive is the second studio album by the electronica artist Tycho, released November 8, 2011 on Ghostly International.

Musical style[edit]

Critics have made direct comparisons of the album's musical style to chillwave artists such as Toro Y Moi and Washed Out.[1][2] Allmusic grouped the album with other electronica artists such as M83 and Neon Indian and lamontikon, while Spin compared the album to Boards of Canada's Geogaddi.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "A Walk" 5:16
2. "Hours" 5:44
3. "Daydream" 5:34
4. "Dive" 8:19
5. "Coastal Brake" 5:34
6. "Ascension" 4:24
7. "Melanine" 2:53
8. "Adrift" 6:02
9. "Epigram" 2:28
10. "Elegy" 4:23
Total length: 50:37


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
BBC Music (positive)[2]
Beats Per Minute (80%)[6]
Pitchfork (7.0/10)[7]
PopMatters (8/10)[1]
Spin (6/10)[4]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[8]
The Boston Phoenix 3.5/5 stars[9]

Dive has received mostly positive reviews. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album has a score of 80 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]

Erik Burg of Beats Per Minute gave the album a positive review, writing "If you’re looking for booming singles and dance-worthy tracks just because most of Tycho’s music is built electronically, you’ve come to the wrong place. But if you’re willing to put in the three quarters of an hour that it takes to finish the album, and you’re able to free your mind of any forgone conclusions or suppositions you have, Dive could easily be your favorite record this year."[6] Allmusic's Jason Lymangrover called Dive "more multidimensional" than Tycho's previous albums.[3]

In a less positive review, Joe Colly of Pitchfork criticized the album's lack of surprise, writing "If that nicely detailed tranquility is Dive's biggest selling point, it also exposes a nagging flaw, which is a lack of tension. Hansen is so committed to keeping things serene that he doesn't incorporate much danger or risk, and at times the album can feel a bit one-note."[7]


PopMatters named Dive the third-best electronic album of 2011, writing: "[H]eavy processing and multicolored aural flourishes unwind here and for the duration, yielding playback that’s refreshingly reluctant on returns."[10]


The following people contributed to Dive:[11]

  • Scott Hansen – artwork, bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, mastering, mixing
  • Zac Brown - guitars, bass
  • Dusty Brown - production consultant
  • Count - mastering, mixing
  • Matt McCord - production consultant, bass
  • Jianda Johnson (a.k.a. "Jianda Monique") - vocals


Chart (2011) Peak
US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums 22[12]
US Billboard Top Heatseekers 39[12]


  1. ^ a b Oeur, Freeden. Tycho: Dive. PopMatters. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b Wallace, Wyndham. Review of Tycho - Dive. BBC Music. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Lymangrover, Jason. Dive - Tycho. Allmusic. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b Anderson, Stacey. Tycho, 'Dive'. Spin. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Reviews for Dive by Tycho". Metacritic. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Burg, Erik. Album Review: Tycho - Dive. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b Colly, Joe. Tycho: Dive – review. Pitchfork. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  8. ^ Stagno, Mike (2011-11-15). "Tycho - Dive (album review )". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  9. ^ Ali, Reyan (2011-11-29). "Tycho | Dive". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  10. ^ The Best Electronic Music of 2011. Popmatters. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  11. ^ Dive - Tycho - Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  12. ^ a b Dive - Charts & Awards. Allmusic. Retrieved 7 November 2011

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