:: Complete in every respect. A fantastic listen!
Tycho has been the musical alias of San Francisco-based designer Scott Hansen for nearly a decade now, but on his upcoming second album for New York’s Ghostly International label, the former solo project has evolved into a three-piece band. On the heels of 2011’s Dive LP, Tycho toured extensively and for the first time with a full band. Hansen was joined by Zac Brown on guitars/bass and Rory O’Connor on drums, blending the sound of the project into a percussive, more organic whole. In a press release, Hansen recalls: “After the tour, I decided that I wanted to capture the more energetic, driven sound of the live show on the next album.”
Awake is the title of Tycho’s new album, it hits the shelves worldwide on March 18, 2014 via Ghostly International. The album is released as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP (standard black and limited edition beige [2.000 copies worldwide]). You can buy digitally via iTunes or pre-order your physical copy via Tycho’s shop. Physical pre-order includes immediate download of the first two singles Awake and Montana as well as digital download of the entire album (mp3 or flac fomat) at midnight on release day.
Awake is streaming in its entirety above (via Tycho’s Soundcloud). The album of eight songs was fleshed out in structure by Hansen and Brown last winter in a cabin near Tahoe, but it wasn’t until the two set up with O’Connor in the Santa Cruz Hills afterwards that all fell into place. “It crystallized the vision of how the drums would come to the forefront on this record,” says Hansen. “This is, in many ways, the first true Tycho record.”
Tycho are touring with their new album from now right until August, including five European shows in March. Check out the dates below and watch the film footage for second single Montana created by Charles Bergquist.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 19 Mar 2014 // Santa Cruz, CA, USA // The Catalyst *
Thu 20 Mar 2014 // San Francisco, CA, USA // The Fillmore *
Wed 26 Mar 2014 // London, UK // Oval Space ^
Thu 27 Mar 2014 // Paris, France // Trabendo ^
Fri 28 Mar 2014 // Zurich, Switzerland // M4 Festival
Sat 29 Mar 2014 // Milan, Italy // The Tunnel
Sun 30 Mar 2014 // Berlin, Germany // BI NUU
* w/ Trails And Ways // ^ w/ Sylvan Esso
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
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