Few artists can craft a sound that is so thoroughly their own the way Tycho has. The Ghostly International signee’s trilogy of albums quickly were individually recognized for their brilliance and quickly bred a committed fanbase.
Following the release of Epoch in 2016, Tycho has toured extensively but remained relatively quiet on the production front, with only remixes of Portugal. The Man‘s “Live in the Moment” and his own track, “See,” from 2014’s Awake that featured vocals from labelmate, Beacon. Withs fans eager for more from the project, Tycho tapped tour mate Poolside to deliver a remix of “Horizon” from Epoch.
Starting with such a singular style is inherently challenging, as one must carefully toe the line between keeping what makes the original so affecting while still crafting it into something new and intriguing. Poolside is more than up to the task, molding Tycho’s soaring style into a more grounded, though nonetheless grabbing, reproduction. Most impressive is the producer’s ability to include such an array of different synths and sounds — glittering arpeggios, swirling pads, and thick basses — into a cohesive piece that doesn’t sound overly busy or indulgent.
Clocking in at just under six minutes, Poolside’s remix never loses the listener’s attention and is a welcome, artistic take that lives up to the appeal of Tycho’s original.
Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.
Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.
The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.
Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.
With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.
Scott Hansen’s released his Tycho DJ set from last year’s SnowGlobe festival in Lake Tahoe. The mix is a dynamic instrumental odyssey exploring Tycho’s two sonic universes: both lesser-known cuts and his own work. For an hour and a half, Hansen entwines the aforementioned realms with stand-out cuts like Bibio’s “lover’s carvings” remixed by Bruno Be & Eddie, Ikopol’s “Dauwd,” Tycho’s own “L,” and many more.
Though Hansen’s hinted that the new Tycho album may be complete, most recently on Facebook, it remains entirely unclear when the new album will arrive.
2018’s festival circuit is already heating up, with Florida’s Okeechobee Music + Arts Festival dropping off a well-rounded lineup teeming with talent to jump start the spring season from March 1 – 4. Now, in its third year, Okeechobee is boasting perhaps its biggest lineup yet, led by Halsey, Arcade Fire, Travis Scott, with Bassnectar returning to pull double duty this year, slated for two headlining sets. Offering a more curated, hip-hop and rock inclusive alternative to Miami’s EDM festivities at Ultra around the same time, Okeechobee is bringing The Flaming Lips, Khalid, Zeds Dead, Gramatik and Illenium along for support among many others.
From Foster The People to Denzel Curry, Tycho to Big Gigantic, the four-day camping festival is aiming to satisfy a wide range of musical taste, along with top-notch programming including workshops, visual art installations and more. View the full lineup and purchase tickets here.
Each and every artistic endeavor from Scott Hansen, known musically as the Ghostly International artist Tycho, solidifies his status as an artistic mastermind of this generation. Following this notion are the designer’s cinematically-aligned live visuals for his tune “Glider,” off 2016’s Epoch.
Created as an homage to the visionary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky — the creative force behind films such as Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker, and more — Hansen incorporated elements of Tarkovsky’s 1972 film Solaris into these visuals for the tune.
Tycho is now set to take these visuals on autumn tour of Europe.
Tycho Autumn Tour Dates:
19 OCT – Dublin, IE – District 8 – SOLD OUT 22 OCT – London, UK – The Roundhouse 24 OCT – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz 2 25 OCT – Toulouse, FR – Bikini 27 OCT – Bologna, IT – Estragon 28 OCT – Turin, IT – Movement Festival 30 OCT – Basel, CH – Kaserne 31 OCT – Zurich, CH – Plaza 01 NOV – Antwerp, BE – Trix 02 NOV – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli 04 NOV – Copenhagen, DK – DR Koncerthuset 05 NOV – Stockholm, SE – Nobelberget 09 NOV – Moscow, RU – Izvestia Hall
Each and every artistic endeavor from the San Francisco-based designer and producer Scott Hansen is an effervescent effort, each more nuanced and meticulously crafted than the artist’s previous pursual. As Tycho, Hansen’s built a curatorial empire. From carefully curated sun-drenched captures on Instagram, to his design work, let alone his renowned and spiritually renewing sets at festivals around the world, Hansen’s artistic outpouring is a celebration of minimalistic beauty at its finest. For the artist, to live to is create.
Tens of thousands of Burners poured into the Black Rock Desert this year in a celebration of art, music, creativity, and community where Tycho set forth to delve into one of his most soothing sets to date. On the fifth day of Burning Man, Aug. 31, he took The Dusty Rhino for a dreamy ride into the sunrise, gliding from one track to the next in his seemingly effortless, archetypal approach.
Tycho’s set allows its listener to ascend to an alternate dimension within its two hour playtime. While it’s filled with Hansen’s own work, including “Awake” and “Epoch,” as well as many other tracks off the LPs, Hansen seamlessly weaves chillwave outliers throughout.
Listeners can hear artists like Caribou, Kidnap Kid, or The Bamboos all weaved into a cohesive two-hour stream. It’s clear Tycho and his audience ascended to alternate spaces this burn, in a culmination of tunes like these, it’s also likely this set will live high in a register of memorable life experiences among all who experienced it.
Even Tycho went so far as to call it his, “absolute favorite morning of all time” on SoundCloud.
Sensations’ Fix – Acudreaming Tycho – Sunrise Projector Tycho – Ascension Home – Resonance Tycho – Continuum Boards Of Canada – Kaini Industries Dorisburg – Votiv Rival Consoles – Ghostin Boards Of Canada – Wildlife Analysis Jonny L – Tychonic Cycle Luke Abbott – Modern Driveway George Fitzgerald – Your Two Faces 16 Bit Lolitas – Peninsula Weval – I Don’t Need It Kidnap Kid – Birds That Fly Jimpster – Porchlight And Rocking Chairs (KiNK Remix) Weval – You Made It Tycho – Epoch Tycho – Dye Boards Of Canada – Corsair <<< Sunrise (Cloud Obscured) >>> Tycho – Awake Home – Above All Tycho – Horizon <<< Sun Visible >>> Caribou – Can’t Do Without You (Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix) 16 Bit Lolitas – Not The Only One Robert Babicz – Where Are You (Aparde Remix) Tycho – Slack Joon Moon – Chess Tycho – Daydream The Bamboos – The Wilhelm Scream
Primavera Sound festival is in full swing with a packed, eclectic lineup including names like The Black Angels, Descendents, Mac DeMarco, Broken Social Scene and scores more. For those not soaking up the Barcelona sun, Red Bull in conjunction with us here at Dancing Astronaut are bringing viewers a taste of the fun.
Tune in to the Primavera Sound channel starting at 6:55 PM ET to see what is sure to be a kinetic performance from Run The Jewels. Together Killer Mike and El-P will ride the wave of a year packed with heater releases and incredible live appearances. Stay tuned after the duo’s set closes at 7:50 PM ET to see the blissfully ambient, sun drenched sounds of chillwave master Tycho.
The culmination of FORM‘s fourth installment this past weekend in the Arizona desert was a testament to the masterwork of this small, hand-powered experimental festival alternative. An incredible amount of logistical planning clearly goes into the event’s production, though FORM continues to maintain a distinguished DIY ethos, even with its impeccably curated, substantially stacked talent billing set for the final evening.
Photo: Maria Govea
As important to FORM’s appeal as its lineup, however, is the event’s focus on artistry and open discourse outside of musical confines. The Hundred Waters-founded gathering made definitive statements this year in its commitment to purveying thought-provoking content across a number of disciplines, even inviting Planned Parenthood to make their first appearance at an art festival of this nature. Pathways to Paris, a collective of innovative activists, artists, and musicians dedicated to combating climate change also hosted a panel, ahead of the evening’s programming.
FORM’s final evening included Thundercat‘s return to the event for a second year in a row. The Brainfeeder affiliate provided one of the most entertaining performances of the weekend, filling the main amphitheater with soulful, funky bass licks from his recently released Drunk LP. Meanwhile, Tycho‘s energetic band-backed live performance fit the FORM aesthetic flawlessly.
Ultimately, the final night’s stage was set for equally brilliant back to back performances from James Blake and Hundred Waters. Blake made his solo piano performance debut, timidly, albeit masterfully holding the entire attendance in silent awe from behind the ivory and ebony keys. The British prodigy’s unaccompanied cover of Frank Ocean‘s “Godspeed” easily made for one of the weekend’s most memorable highlights, paving the way for his participation in the event’s after hours programming while DJing in his 1-800-Dinosaur cabal.
Photo: Jacqueline Verdugo
Hundred Waters kicked off the weekend with a surprise release, delivering Currency, a five-track preamble to their upcoming third studio album. In what has become a FORM tradition of sorts, the band debuted their new material live at the festival before a captivated crowd, which endowed their set with an element of fitting novelty. The group’s performance was altogether emotionally charged and cheerful all at once, with their most popular release, “Show Me Love”, invoking a lively, impassioned response from the audience.
Photo: Jasmine Safaeian
Closing a fourth year that showcased significant growth, from TIDAL sponsorships to the largest number of participants the festival has ever hosted, FORM met expected growing pains effectively and and efficiently. In terms of talent curation, programming, and ambiance, Hundred Waters, with the help of Moses Sumney, nailed FORM’s execution with impressive poise. As a lasting memento from the event, fans can revisit this year’s lineup with a free mixtape courtesy of FORM that includes contributions from Skrillex, Father John Misty, Tycho, How To Dress well and more. Pushing the festival model forward, FORM Arcosanti continues to have a powerful impact with each growing iteration of the event.