Tyko

A Long Way From One to Zero

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Tyko's proper studio debut, A Long Way From One to Zero, builds upon a shoegaze/dream pop formula while adding a dash of innocence to the mix. What's interesting to consider is how these four individuals are from the suburbs of Arkansas, not from England. They've bravely composed a style of music that was made popular in the U.K. throughout the 1990s and the effort is genuine. Staple sounds of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Ride echo throughout the nine-song set, and shared vocals between Kevin Blagg (vocals/guitar) and Beverly Blann (vocals/bass) are partly responsible for Tyko's enchanting sound. Blagg's boyish vocals are a perfect match for Blann's soft-hued timber. Alongside guitarist Matt Kesner (guitar) and ex-Swiz/Severin drummer Alex Daniels, Tyko's overall design sparkles and fades at all the right moments. From the lush pop layers of "Road Map" and "Solid Air" to near epic treasures "All Tomorrows Parties" and "Phoenix Ray," A Long Way From One to Zero covers a lot of sonic ground. It's certainly easy to see hear how young the band is at times because of the album's loose production and the whimsy makeup of the songs themselves, but that's not to say Tyko is entirely green. The spirit that is A Long Way From One to Zero offers a fresh appearance to a sound that's mostly unknown among the MTV pop and punk generations, and that in itself is worthy of recognition. Tyko arrive with a delightful pop sound that's sensible and carefree so that a magnificent sun storm unfurls.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
5:48
2
4:08
3
2:39
4
4:14
5 3:43
6
5:04
7
3:24
8
3:54
9
6:09
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