Following the release of album ‘Awake’ earlier this year via Ghostly International, Tycho have unveiled a new video for the single “See”
Directed by San Francisco based GMUNK & shot in Northern California, the concept for the video revolves around the idea of the difference between our perceived reality vs. actual visual reality.
Speaking about the inspirations & 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, lowcontrast visuals that complement the dreamy and lucid feel of ‘See.’”
“One keystone of the video is this intensely stylized mystic worldview of spiritual energy we see through our heroine’s perspective. Presented through fullspectrum 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, incamera 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 color. 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 color 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.”
For nearly a decade, Tycho was known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen, but with the March 17th release of Awake – his second LP for Ghostly International – the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band. “This was, in many ways, the first true Tycho record,” according to Hansen.
Following 2011’s Dive LP, the San Francisco, California based designer toured 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 for his latest release.
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