So the Ottawa Bluesfest – excuse me – the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest kicks off today. If you’re looking for a variety of music that has come to characterize the annual ten-day festival, well, tonight isn’t that night. Instead, Bluesfest kicks off with an EDM and hip hop showcase as the “Full Flex Express” arrives. Organized by EDM megastars Skrillex and Diplo, the Express includes ZEDS Dead, ASAP Ferg, and many others.


But if there is one artist to see that is different from the blazing EDM and the hollering hip hop, Tycho would be the one. Originally the brainchild of Scott Hansen and now includes Zac Brown and Rory O’Connor, the San Francisco-based trio are known for their ambient-electronic mix. Their music is lush and atmospheric, hypnotic and scintillating. It’s music that moves the mind, body, and soul, much like Boards of Canada. Their most recent album, 2014’s Awake, was a marvel that expanded upon the ethereal brilliance of their debut album, 2011’s Dive.

Tycho goes on early – 6:00 on the Bell Stage – and catch this fantastic trio and be prepared to be moved. Stream Awake in its entirety below.

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