Tycho is the music project of San Francisco artist and producer Scott Hansen. As Tycho, Hansen blends swirling melodies into vaguely triumphant arcs that crisscross between stuttering beats and vocal samples, creating rolling sonic landscapes that extend into the horizon. Known in the design world as ISO50, Hansen is famed for his bucolic, sun-drenched design style, which serves as a backdrop and mirror for his musical output.
After the release of his album, 'Dive' and the success of his XOYO date last year, he's set to return to the UK with a date at Cargo on 25th Feb as part of his US tour. He will also be performing at SXSW festival in Austin at a number of locations and as part of the Ghostly International showcase.
01.13 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
01.13 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
01.14 Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar
01.16 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
01.18 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
01.19 Pittsburgh, PA @ Shadow Lounge
01.20 Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
01.21 Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
01.23 Saint Augustine, FL @ The Original Cafe 11
01.24 Gainesville, FL @ Double Down Live
01.26 Orlando, FL @ The Social
01.27 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
01.28 Miami, FL @ Bardot Miami
01.30 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
01.31 Atlanta, GA @ Maquerade (Hell Stage)
02.01 Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
02.02 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
02.03 Philadelphia, PA @ The Rotunda
02.16 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
02.17 Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Exit 07
02.18 Berlin, DE @ Gretchen
02.19 Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
02.22 Milan, IT @ Magnolia
02.23 Zurich, CH @ TBD
02.24 Paris, FR @ Batofar
02.25 London, UK @ Cargo
02.26 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
03.14 Austin, TX @ SXSW @ Club Deville (Ghostly Showcase)*
03.15 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.17 Austin, TX @ SXSW
*w/ Matthew Dear, Choir of Young Believers, Com Truise, Mux Mool, Shigeto
Praise for the 'Dive' LP
"Blissful, beautiful and worth the wait." 4/5 Timeout
"An engaging and effortless collection to plunge into and drift within."BBC Music
"This could be the label’s finest release this year." 8/10 Drowned in Sound
"It's an album not of barbecues but of bottles of wine and quiet fires. The introspection of a room sealed against winter's bluster." Resident Advisor
"'Dive' is a beautiful piece of ambience, an album whose tracks seem to blend in with each other to wonderful effect, with textures shimmering over soft beats and fulsome bass sounds." 4/5 DMC Update
More info on Tycho:
While his formative years were spent listening to everything from Yes to Photek, Scott Hansen didn’t get his hands on an actual guitar or drum machine until he left his native Sacramento for San Francisco in 1995. "Encountering this whole new world at 20 years old was a profound experience," says Hansen. "At the time, I was just learning the processes of design and music; both felt very similar, and have flowed back and forth for me ever since."
The product of a prolonged break from IS050’s design work and blog, Dive pays tribute to Tycho’s prismatic past, but spends most of its time pointing to the project’s not-so-distant future. That can mean any number of things, really, from the halcyon hooks and hopeful horizons of “A Walk” to the expansive, wildly expressive tone poetry of the title track, an eight-minute epic that unfolds like a compressed concept album. Or at the very least, a restless vision of prog-rock—one that’s been coated in neon colors and filtered through a thick piece of blotter paper. And then there’s 'Elegy' a spare curtain closer that pairs a vulnerable crescendo with a fitting bridge to future works.
And with that, Dive establishes its position as the most diverse musical statement of Hansen’s multi-medium career; the point where his skills as a performer finally catch up with his vaporized vision of a world that doesn’t belong to any particular time or place. Additionally, he's upped the ante with the Tycho live show as well, playing a handful of upcoming live dates as a 3 piece (and sometimes 4), but keeping the head-turning visuals intact.
"Nostalgia is a common thread in my work," says Hansen, "but this album wasn’t driven by that idea. I see these songs as artifacts from a future which might have more in common with our past than our present."