San-Franciscan band Tycho is an ambient music project led by primary composer, songwriter and producer, Scott Hansen. Also known as ISO50 for his photographic and design works, Hansen’s music evolves around a combination of downtempo vintage-style synthesizers, ambient melodies and an array of organic samples and sounds; which has included spoken word, breathing and even weather broadcast clips. The incorporation of natural elements and sounds is a defining point to this music
Ahead of its official release in January 2017, Tycho has shared latest album ‘Epoch,’ the third and final instalment in a trilogy, with previous works ‘Dive’ (2011) and ‘Awake’ (2014) the other albums to this set which will release via Ghostly International.
An epoch is defined as ‘an extended period of time typically characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events’, and Scott Hansen has named their new album with that in mind, also explaining the reasons behind the very early album share:
“I’ve never been fond of handing in an album then waiting 4 months for it to be released. I wanted to be more connected to the people consuming the music. There is a kind of visceral fulfillment you get from sharing something that you’ve just created with other people. That’s a very satisfying feeling as an artist. All art is in some way shaped by the current state of the world around the person creating it so there’s an element of zeitgeist built into any album.”
Title track, ‘Epoch’ grabbed by attention today with its ambient, mellowness and smooth gliding beats and I found it all too easy to get lifted by its weightless, dream-like feel. Further on into the track heavy synths are fused into the mix, breaking the haze with their deep resonance and the contrast is strikingly effective. Listen above.
Listen to the whole of ‘Epoch’ here.
Pre-order LP/CD out January 20th, 2017 at shop.tychomusic.com/epoch