By Sonny Forrest
Though a few weeks ago we posted about their new(est) track “Awake,” if you haven’t heard the dreamy, reverb-soaked sounds of Tycho by now, you’ll remember where you were the first time you did. (Now take a second and case your surroundings. What you see are the images that will flash into your head when you recall pressing play on the embedded tracks below.) The project of San Francisco-based Renaissance man Scott Hansen, Tycho’s music carefully blends with graphic artist Hansen’s signature visual aesthetic, a hint of which appears below along with the tracks. (He also maintains a formidable blog where you can see some of his visual work.) After you’ve seen the band live, you can’t help but equate the songs with the visuals; each track takes on hues of transparent burnt orange and cerulean shades. The on-screen girl walking across infinite sand dunes burns herself into your subconscious and then it will hit you that it’s about more than just the music for Hansen. He’s curated an immersive experience for those fortunate enough to find themselves in attendance. Their last 2013 show is November 29 at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Bay Area readers, grab those tickets while they last.
P.S. Tycho’s drummer (who does live drums for Com Truise) also produces down-tempo electronic music under the name Nitemoves. He’s just released a new album so check it out.