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Tycho Release New Video For Album Track, See

Following the release of album Awake earlier this year via Ghostly International, Tycho are pleased to unveil the mystical new video for album standout track See. Tycho are set to play at Latitude Festival as well as a string of other UK dates later this year.

Speaking about the inspirations and techniques behind the video GMNUK states: “When we first listened to See we immediately began thinking about perspective and what it means to have sight. We wanted to explore the difference between the perceived and the actual that constantly exist within each of us. We wanted to push the defined limits of vision both naturally and through technological enhancements. The resulting film presents the story of a woman living two parallel existences, expressed through rich, low­ contrast visuals that complement the dreamy and lucid feel of See.

“One keystone of the video is this intensely stylised mystic worldview of spiritual energy we see through our heroine’s perspective. Presented through full­ spectrum as well as infrared photography, our heroine’s experience has an unmistakably unique palette. We were very excited about this world of full spectrum photography and the idea of being able to ‘see’ things that were otherwise invisible. Using special filters we can achieve practical, in ­camera effects that drive home her familiar yet otherworldly perception.

“The band was treated as the interweave between the two dimensions in the film. Visually, they’re presented through a different infrared capture, providing a visual bridge while still giving us a reprieve from the intense environmental palettes. We captured the thousands of scattered, IR­visible dots emitted by a Kinect, supplemented with laser projections that bathe the image with fill light and colour. The band footage also acts as a narrative locomotive, spurring the transition points within the story.

“Tycho has Northern California roots so we wanted to tell the story using three iconic locations in the region — the beautiful redwood forests of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the lush golden fields of Ano Nuevo and the stunning beaches of San Gregorio. All three locations provided a uniquely saturated colour palette, atmospheric lighting and rich texture that was definitively in the Tycho aesthetic. The lush vegetation of each location accentuated the infrared photography and amplified the contrast between “audience” and POV stylings.”

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Tycho – Awake Album Review

For nearly a decade, Tycho has been known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen but with Awake, his second LP for Ghostly International, the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band that reaches an entirely new realm of sonic possibilities. Also known for his design work as ISO50, Hansen’s visual and musical efforts have dovetailed throughout the course of his career with the new LP detailing how the two can truly compliment each other. Previous Tycho releases came to fruition from Hansen’s delicate solo approach to constructing a song, tweaking each peak and valley but Awake is three like-minded people coming together where music becomes the sole purpose and true expression becomes the result.

The title track starts this album with its soothing, gliding melodies. The track itself is repetitive but it’s not boring. The tones send you into a trance-like state where you can totally switch off after one listen to this song. Awake takes you to a far away, dream like place.

Montana is a track that has been previously revealed. Montana sees Tycho move away from the electronic techniques and more towards the indie genre with its pleasant and peaceful guitar riff. This song steadily builds with the repetitive guitar riff taking the lead. Tycho knows how to build safety in familiarity while at the same time, ensuring a song remains fresh. He slowly adds in layers removing the repetitiveness and introducing a chance of development. The familiar guitar riff always returns though acting like a chorus for the song.

L is a complete chill out track that could easily appear on one of those ‘chill out’ compilation records. It’s simple in comparison to the previous tracks. The tempo is slower, the beats last longer and the notes feel a little more prolonged too. There are dance influences heard in this song but not negatively. There’s a good balance here which sees this track edge away from the rave genre and sit snugly in to the electro-dance genre instead.

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Tycho Awake album artwork

The next track, Dye, starts off with a dreamy melody and then the dance beat comes in to play. It’s atmospheric and calming. There’s a lovely acoustic guitar riff which can be heard at the start of this song which is complimented by an electric guitar with reverb. Dye is an ever expanding track with each layer and instrument being introduced from the background to the forefront in a very subtle way – so much so that you don’t even realise the song has expanded as much as it has.

See starts with clapping and an interesting bass riff before the electronics take over. There are break downs in this song as if Tycho want to lose layers in order for them to increase them again later on. See takes a lot of influences from the dance genre with the stylised drum beat. The bass line in this song is immense and is what carries it.

Apogee features much more stripped back electronics allowing the guitar riff and drums to feature as the dominant instruments which is quite different from the rest of the songs on the record. Apogee’s tempo dramatically builds and reduces, builds and reduces allowing this song to sound like a mixture of more than one song. It does sound at times like a trance track as the drum beat becomes powerful almost overpowering and then it reduces to take the track back to the indie/electronic/pop genres.

The penultimate track, Spectre, has also been previously revealed. It has a brilliant, uplifting guitar riff to start things off and there are certainly mesmerising qualities to this track, despite the crashing drums and soaring melodies.

The last song on Awake is Plains which suits the end of the album perfectly. It’s a completely calming song to finish on. There are guitar riffs that overlap each other perfectly creating a sense of ambience and atmosphere. Surprisingly, Plains leaves you calm, collected and thankful you’ve heard this album.

Awake will be released on 18 March via Ghostly International. It can be pre-ordered at iTunesThe Ghostly Store and ISO50. NPR have also streamed the album in full on their NPR First Listen section.

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Tycho Releases New Single, Spectre

With only a few weeks until the release of new album Awake, Tycho has revealed a superb new track, Spectre, from the forthcoming record which is set for release on March 17 via Ghostly International. Tycho is set to play a series of European tour dates this Spring including an almost sold out show in London on March 26 at Oval Space.

Tycho Spectre

Tycho Spectre single artwork

The pulsating new single Spectre shows Tycho at the most accessible yet. For nearly a decade, Tycho has been known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen but with the release of Awake – his second LP for Ghostly International – the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band. Reaching an entirely new realm of sonic possibilities recording with a live band, Awake is situated in the present, reaching Hansen’s vision of Tycho like never before. The rolling drums and cascading tones of this new single show exactly that.

“This is, in many ways, the first true Tycho record” according to Hansen. Following 2011’s Dive LP, the San Francisco, California based designer toured extensively, accompanied by a full band on stage, his sound coalesced into a percussive, organic whole. Zac Brown (guitars, bass) continued to join Scott on the road but it was the particular addition of Rory O’Connor’s (Com Truise, Nitemoves) live drumming that ultimately sent Hansen back to the studio with a more precise vision for the future Tycho. “After the tour, I decided that I wanted to capture the more energetic, driven sound of the live show on the next album,” Hansen recalls. Bringing musicians into Tycho’s creative process was a step towards expanding his own song writing and advancing the project beyond its current incarnation.

Also known for his design work as ISO50, Hansen’s visual and sonic efforts have dovetailed throughout the course of his career. “This is the first time in my life I’ve dropped everything to focus on one artistic pursuit,” notes Hansen. Previous Tycho releases came to fruition from Hansen’s delicate solo approach to constructing a song, tweaking each peak and valley but Awake is three like-minded people coming together where music becomes the sole purpose and true expression becomes the result.

You can catch Tycho live on the following dates:
March 26 – Oval Space, London UK
March 27 – Trabendo, Paris FR
March 28 – M4 Music Festival, Zurich CH
March 29 – The Tunne, Milan IT
March 30 – Bi Nuu, Berlin, DE

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Tycho Reveals New Track Montana From Upcoming LP, Awake

Following the announcement of his new album Awake, which is set for release on March 17 via Ghostly International, Tycho has revealed new track Montana from the forthcoming release. Tycho is also set to play a series of European tour dates this Spring with a show in London on March 26 at Oval Space.

For nearly a decade, Tycho has been known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen but with the release of Awake – his second LP for Ghostly International – the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band. Reaching an entirely new realm of sonic possibilities recording with a live band, Awake is situated in the present, reaching Hansen’s vision of Tycho like never before. He said: “This is, in many ways, the first true Tycho record”. New track Montana offers a glimpse of this with its multi-layered cascading tones.

Tycho

Tycho

Following 2011’s Dive LP, the San Francisco, California based designer toured extensively, accompanied by a full band on stage, his sound coalesced into a percussive, organic whole. Zac Brown (guitars, bass) continued to join Scott on the road but it was the particular addition of Rory O’Connor’s (Com Truise, Nitemoves) live drumming that ultimately sent Hansen back to the studio with a more precise vision for the future Tycho. Hansen explained: “After the tour, I decided that I wanted to capture the more energetic, driven sound of the live show on the next album.” Bringing musicians into Tycho’s creative process was a step towards expanding his own song writing and advancing the project beyond its current incarnation.

Also known for his design work as ISO50, Hansen’s visual and sonic efforts have dovetailed throughout the course of his career. “This is the first time in my life I’ve dropped everything to focus on one artistic pursuit,” notes Hansen. Previous Tycho releases came to fruition from Hansen’s delicate solo approach to constructing a song, tweaking each peak and valley but Awake is three like-minded people coming together where music becomes the sole purpose and true expression becomes the result.

You can pre-order the album at iTunesThe Ghostly Store and ISO50.

You can catch Tycho live on the following dates:
March 26 – Oval Space, London UK
March 27 – Trabendo, Paris FR
March 28 – M4 Music Festival, Zurich CH
March 29 – The Tunne, Milan IT
March 30 – Bi Nuu, Berlin, DE

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Tycho Announce News Of New Album, Awake, To Be Released In 2014

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Tycho Awake album artwork

Following a 2013 that saw Tycho bringing a sensory-rich live show to people around the world, Scott Hansen has been hard at work to the anticipated follow up to 2011’s breakthrough album, Dive. Tycho has now unveiled the artwork, track list and album details for Awake, the forthcoming LP out March 18 on Ghostly International.

The title track Awake premiered with Pitchfork this Autumn and listeners will notice the more organic, almost tactile elements of the track highlighted with layers of live instrumentation that serve to enhance the signature Tycho mood. You can hear the track on Soundcloud here as well.

 

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