Scott Hansen, aka Tycho and as the graphic artist ISO50, recently announced the arrival of Dive, his anticipated new album for Ghostly International out November 15th. When the first single "Hours" and it’s Teen Daze Remix counterpart surfaced, the anticpation grew even more (as nearly a decade passed snice the release of Hansen’s first proper Tycho LP, Sunrise Projector). The east coast will have a chance to see Tycho in action this fall, with a handful of dates announced for October, opening for Sweedish electronic act Little Dragon. Hansen and his full band will be bringing info focus the sepia-toned, double-exposed soundscapes from the forthcoming record. In addition Hansen was just added to the Decibel Festival bill, with a live/AV set tonight in Seattle at the Nordstrom Rectial Hall as a part of their OPTICAL series. Full tour dates below.
Tycho – Fall Tour w/ Little Dragon
Fri, Sept 30 @ Nordstrom Recital Hall (Decibel Festival OPTICAL) – Seattle, WA^
Wed, Oct 12 @ The Hoxton – Toronto, ON
Sun, Oct 16 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Bowery Presents) – Brooklyn, NY*
Mon, Oct 17 @ Royale Nighclub – Boston, MA
Tue, Oct 18 @ Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
Wed, Oct 19 @ Shadow Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA
Fri, Oct 21 @ Masquerade (Haven Stage) – Atlanta, GA
Sat, Oct 22 @ Grand Cenral (Poplife) – Miami, FL
Sun, Oct 23 @ Firestone Live – Orlando, FL
Tue, Oct 25 @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL
^ w/ A/V set w/ Simon Scott, Mountains
*Tycho Headlining (w/out Little Dragon)
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.”
Tycho – Dive
Out November 15th on Ghostly International