Tycho’s Drummer Is On To Something
By Sonny Forrest
While I’m sweating my ass in this Bangkok Internet cafe I figured I’d share the killer space/math/downtempo sounds I’ve got pumping through these cheap earphones. The act’s name is Nitemoves. The man behind the act, Rory O’Connor, also plays live drums for both Tycho and Com Truise. If you’ve seen either of these acts play a live set, you remember the drummer. He’s the guy you couldn’t believe could put beats together like that using only four appendages, basically a human drum machine.
O’Connor’s solo music is reminiscent of Boards of Canada though the languid synths are anchored by an unmistakable drummer’s sensibility. In any case, it’s gorgeously designed sound that you need to hear. It’s haunting and majestic, like a sonic homage to the 2013 movie “Gravity.” If you can’t imagine what that might sound like, listen for yourself.
The most recent album is “Themes,” whose album cover spoofs a pack of Newports. (Nice touch) “Veaquis,” the album’s second track, is my favorite.