Awake represented a high-water mark for Scott Hansen, the San Francisco musician better known as Tycho. Described by Hansen as, in many ways, the first True Tycho record, Awake announced the arrival of Tycho as a full band, and it found Hansen streamlining the groups sound, focusing on the drums and aiming to capture the energy and power of the groups live set. The story of Awake arrives at its natural conclusion with this 12 of remixes, on which Hansens songs are re-interpreted by producers who make the songs their own while retaining all of their core elements. The digital release is out January 15th on Ghostly International, with the physical release set for a May 20th release. (pre-order the colored vinyl from The Ghostly Store here: http://www.theghostlystore.com/products/tycho-awake-remixes)
Baio, who splits his time between solo work and his role as bassist in Vampire Weekend, gives Plains a kind of soulfulness, adding a driving rhythm to the originals beatless ambience and dropping in snatches of vocal for texture and warmth.