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 set for release on March 18th – 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. “This is, in many ways, the first true Tycho record.” Today he premiered the cascading, multi-layered new track “Montana” from the forthcoming LP. A large scale spring tour, spanning North America and Europe, has been announced for March through May as well (see below for full list of dates). The tour represents both Tycho’s first extensive US tour and first shows in Europe since 2012.
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 songwriting 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.
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In a cabin near Lake Tahoe last winter, Hansen and Brown began fleshing out the structure of the new record, but it wasn’t until they set up shop in the hills of Santa Cruz with O’Connor that it all fell into place.
“It crystallized the vision of how the drums would come to the forefront on this record,” says Hansen. The sound was much more stripped-down and concise with live instruments coming to the forefront. Perhaps it was leading up to this all along, songs like “Montana” and “Awake” perfectly exemplify Tycho’s new, amped up sound – unique to the group effort poured into the songs on the new record – while “See” and “Dye” echo ideas from previous works but with a clear view to the future. Working with Count Eldridge, who also engineered Dive, the team could fixate on the pulses that Tycho might have previously layered under synthesizers and exhume them with distinct bass and guitar patterns.
Together they bridge an ethereal middle ground between old memories and new experiences, “While I grew up in California, I spent a lot of time as a kid in places like Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana,” says Hansen, ”I got back in touch with those areas over the past few years and they inspired me a great deal.” Hansen went on to build those images into the foundation behind the artwork for Awake, “I created the cover art to be a symbol, or a flag, to represent this fictional region comprised of idealized elements of all these western states.”
TYCHO. LIVE. SPRING 2014.
WED, MAR 19 | Santa Cruz, CA | The Catalyst
THU, MAR 20 | San Francisco, CA | The Fillmore
WED, MAR 26 | London, UK | Oval Space
THU, MAR 27 | Paris, FR | Trabendo
FRI, MAR 28 | Zurich, CH | M4Music Festival
SAT, MAR 29 | Milan, IT | The Tunnel
SUN, MAR 30 | Berlin, DE | Bi Nuu
FRI, APR 04 | Denver, CO | Summit Music Hall
SAT, APR 05 | Fort Collins, CO | Aggie Theatre
MON, APR 07 | Omaha, NE | Waiting Room
TUE, APR 08 | Minneapolis, MN | First Avenue
WED, APR 09 | Milwaukee, WI | Turner Hall Ballroom
THU, APR 10 | Chicago, IL | Concord Music Hall
FRI, APR 11 | Pontiac, MI | Crofoot Ballroom
SAT, APR 12 | Toronto, ON | The Hoxton
MON, APR 14 | Montreal, QB | Corona Theatre
TUE, APR 15 | Burlington, VT | Higher Ground
THU, APR 17 | Cambridge, MA | The Sinclair
FRI, APR 18 | New York, NY | Webster Hall
SAT, APR 19 | Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer
SUN, APR 20 | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club
TUE, APR 22 | Charlottesville, VA | Jefferson Theater
WED, APR 23 | Carrboro, NC | Cat’s Cradle
THU, APR 24 | Charlotte, NC | Visulite Theatre
FRI, APR 25 | Orlando, FL | Beacham
SUN, APR 27 | Kingston Downs, GA | Counterpoint Music Festival
MON, APR 28 | New Orleans, LA | Republic
TUE, APR 29 | Houston, TX | Fitzgerald’s
THU, MAY 01 | Austin, TX | The Parish
MON, MAY 05 | Albuquerque, NM | Sister
TUE, MAY 06 | Tucson, AZ | Club Congress
THU, MAY 08 | Los Angeles, CA | Fonda Theater
SAT, MAY 10 | Sacramento, CA | Harlow’s