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, leader of the band Tycho, has named their new album Epoch (Ghostly International) with that in mind. The last installment in a trilogy, Epoch is the culmination of more than a decade’s work that has seen the band evolving and maturing through two sublime releases Dive (2011) and Awake (2014), and developing from featuring Hansen as a delicate solo performer into the iconic frontman of a powerful multi-layered live band performing on the world’s largest stages.
“Dive was where the whole thing crystallized,” said Hansen. “I found that crossover space between what I was doing before, which was more IDM electronic stuff, and the rock music that reflected more of what I was listening to and not necessarily what I was making. Awake was a prototype of pushing it as far into the rock realm as I was comfortable with. Epoch is basically coming full circle. All the lessons of Dive and Awake were applied and then expanded upon.”
Epoch leverages the sonic aesthetic of Dive’s down-tempo vintage-style synthesizers and beautiful melodies while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake’s progressive composition and organic instrumentation. “I felt like I explored a lot of open-ended unbridled, optimistic spaces with the other records. I don’t know if it’s a reflection of my life, but it seemed like that’s what just came out at the time.” For the new record, the themes felt a bit darker as he explored new musical territory. “My threshold for darkness is much lower. Things that seem dark to me seem happy and light to other people. I think it’s the darker sounds themselves. The timbres are a bit more aggressive.”
Hansen initially attempted a more traditional recording process at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, CA, but ultimately opted to do the majority of the recording in his home studio in Berkeley following a temporary relocation from his home in San Francisco.
“I’ve been in the same San Francisco house the last 11 years. I made the last two records in the exact same room. I figured it was time for a change. There were a few other factors as well. I wanted to get some more space, be relaxed, and not be living in the middle of a crazy city. I wanted to have a more relaxed environment where noise or people didn’t bother me. Mostly just for the isolation.”
Once complete, it was important to Hansen to release Epoch as a surprise album. “I’ve never been fond of handing in an album then waiting 4 months for it to be released,” he said. “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 a element of zeitgeist built into any album. We just finished mastering the album so it will be a month old when people hear it. I’m hoping people get a sense that this music is directly connected to the time they are experiencing it in.”
Epoch was arranged alongside Zac Brown, a long time collaborator and partner in the Tycho project. Brown contributed bass and guitar parts to the songwriting process, while Rory O’Connor played drums. O’Connor was brought in during the Dive tour cycle. Hansen has known Brown since their Sacramento upbringing.
“At the end of Dive is when we started to work together on a couple songs. I thought there should be more guitar. Zac played on a couple songs like on ‘Ascension.’ He played some bass and guitar on ‘Hours.’ I brought him on to play parts in the shows. We did Awake together. We took the same approach with this record.”
Hansen sees Epoch as a multi-dimensional artistic vision at the confluence of his graphic design work via ISO50 and music with Tycho. The graphic presentation of the album artwork is as important as the music itself. The keystone is the central image of Epoch and the colour scheme red and black. This is a stark contrast to the almost rainbow palette of Awake.
NEW SURPRISE TYCHO ALBUM, EPOCH, OUT NOW
AVAILABLE DIGITALLY NOW AND PHYSICAL PRE-ORDER
FOR JANUARY 20 RELEASE STARTS TODAY
Today, Tycho releases their brand new album Epoch. This is the final album in the trilogy beginning with 2011’s Dive, then 2014’s Awake and culminating with this year’s Epoch (Ghostly International). This period between Dive and Epoch marks a significant maturation for Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project, one that has taken him from a solo performer to fronting a live 4-piece band on large stages across the world.
Epoch hones the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory. Earlier this summer Tycho released their first single “Division” and just last week released their second single and title track, “Epoch” The surprise album is available digitally today and for physical pre-order now.
When discussing the surprise element of this release Hansen said, “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” Hansen continues, “All art is in some way shaped by the current state of the world around the person creating it so there’s a element of zeitgeist built into any album. We just finished mastering the album so it will be a month old when people hear it. I’m hoping people get a sense that this music is directly connected to the time they are experiencing it in.”
Epoch was produced and recorded by Hansen predominantly in his home studio in Berkeley, CA. The album was arranged alongside long time collaborator and partner in the project, Zac Brown. Brown contributed bass and guitar parts to the songwriting process. Rory O’Connor performed drums on the album.
Hansen sees Epoch as a multi-dimensional artistic vision at the confluence of his graphic design work via ISO50 and music with Tycho. The graphic presentation of album artwork is as important as the music itself. The keystone is the central image of Epoch and the colors scheme red and black. This is a stark contrast to the almost rainbow palette of Awake. Album art is above and full track listing below.
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TYCHO DEBUTS AT #1 WITH EPOCH
NEW ALBUM TOPS BILLBOARD‘S “TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUMS” CHART
FOLLOWING SURPRISE RELEASE
FIRST NEW ALBUM IN TWO YEARS EARNS CRITICAL ACCLAIM FROM COAST TO COAST
EPOCH AVAILABLE DIGITALLY EVERYWHERE
NY TIMES FEATURES STORY ON VINYL PRE-ORDER
AVAILABLE ONLY AT LOCAL INDIE RECORD STORES WITH SLIPMAT
“Each track feels like a personal epic, a custom-designed
soundtrack scoring you and your life.” -Popmatters
EPOCH, the acclaimed new album from Ghostly International recording group Tycho, has made an extraordinary chart debut, entering Billboard’s “Top Dance/Electronic Albums” at #1 following its surprise release – Tycho’s highest main chart placement to date. EPOCH is available now at all digital service providers with an LP/CD release date of January 20, 2017. The NY Times featured a story on Tycho’s unique take on the vinyl pre-order. Those that pre-order the vinyl version of the album from participating local indie stores will get an exclusive vinyl slipmat.
LISTEN TO EPOCH
Tycho’s fifth studio album and first new release since 2014’s AWAKE, EPOCH is earning critical acclaim to match its popular success. “A warm, sprightly, immediately engaging album,” wrote Stereogum, while Consequence of Sound hailed the title track, noting “Tycho weaves a diverse fabric of synthesized sounds – some soar like flutes, while others glow like orbs and grind like thick static.” “‘Field’ offers a breezy, atmospheric vibe,” enthused Billboard, “while ‘Receiver” and ‘Rings’ feature a more energetic, upbeat melody to the already electronic-zen tracks.” “It’s fair to say EPOCH is the crown jewel in Tycho’s reigning ambient electronic discography,” declared Exclaim! In a 9-out-of-10 rated rave. “It nicely rounds out the trilogy of LPs they’ve released on Ghostly International, which includes 2011’s DIVE and 2014’s AWAKE, not so much a departure from its predecessors as a further maturation. EPOCH feels like the realization of (Tycho founder Scott) Hansen’s long-term artistic vision, and the album exudes a confidence that clearly shows the band have come into their own.” “The ups and downs of this album lead you in no clear direction,” wrote Earmilk, “which acts only as a testament to their creativity and talent as a band – plain and simple.” “EPOCH probes deeper than (Tycho’s) previous work,” wrote Relix, “triggering as much angst as bittersweet introspection.” “All in all, it’s hard to say what the best thing about EPOCH is,” noted Dancing Astronaut, “The sound design is beautiful, the arrangements are subtle and nuanced, and the overall effect is triumphant, even bordering on transcendent. Suffice it to say that EPOCH sounds like the soundtrack to a science fiction film that we wish we could see, and Tycho has produced one of the most entertaining albums of the year.”
Tycho celebrated the release of EPOCH with a wide ranging series of North American live dates, culminating this weekend with a pair of hometown performances including a sold out surprise show at San Francisco’s The Independent (tonight, Friday, October 14th) as well as a much anticipated set at the Bay Area’s annual Treasure Island Music Festival, slated for Sunday, October 16th at 5:50 pm on the main Bridge stage. Tycho will then kick off 2017 with a major role on the annual Laneway Festival tour, traveling Australia and Singapore from mid-January to early February. Additional North American live dates will be announced soon – please see tychomusic.com/#tour for updates.
EPOCH, as noted, marks the final album in the remarkable musical trilogy that began with 2011’s DIVE and then continued on 2014’s AWAKE. Tracks like the epic title track and kinetic first single, “Division,” see Tycho honing their sonic aesthetic while further investigating darker themes and new musical terrain.
EPOCH‘s two year gestation reveals a significant maturation for Scott Hansen’s continually evolving project, one that has taken the Bay Area-based musician/visual artist from solo performer to fronting a four-piece live band on large stages across the world. Predominantly produced and recorded by Hansen in his Berkeley, CA home studio, the album features arrangement and songwriting contributions from Hansen’s longtime collaborator in the Tycho project, bassist/guitarist Zac Brown, with live drums performed by Rory O’Connor.
EPOCH serves as an ideal representation of Hansen’s multi-dimensional artistic vision, the confluence of both his far-reaching musical ambitions and ingenious graphic design work as ISO50. Indeed, the album’s visual presentation is as striking and significant as the music contained within, its central keystone imagery and red-and-black color scheme in stark contract to the colorful sound and graphic approach found on AWAKE.
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TYCHO RELEASES TWO “DIVISON” REMIXES FEATURING
KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH AND HEATHERED PEARLS
EPOCH WORLD TOUR ANNOUNCED
EPOCH LP/CD OUT JAN 20
Today, Tycho shares two new remixes of their first single “Division” from the recently released album Epoch. Kaitlyn Aurealia Smith — fresh from her Pitchfork Best New Music-rated collaboration album with Suzanne Ciani, Sunergy — delivers a melting ambient epic while Heathered Pearls, a Ghostly staple, bolsters the dance elements of the original. In addition to the two remixes Tycho is also sharing a video for Division that was filmed lived at their Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance on September 17 featuring official audio from the album.
Epoch is the final album in the trilogy beginning with 2011’s Dive, then 2014’s Awake and culminating with this year’s Epoch (Ghostly International). This period between Dive and Epoch marks a significant maturation for Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project, one that has taken him from a solo performer to fronting a live 4-piece band on large stages across the world. Epoch hones the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory. Epoch is available digitally now and for physical pre-order now due out January 20.
This January, Tycho will embark on a World Tour. The tour will begin on Jan 7 in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theater. From there Tycho will travel across four continents including Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For a full list of tour dates, tickets, and more information, please visit http://tychomusic.com/.
TYCHO WORLD TOUR
12/17 – Houston, TX – Day For Night
01/07 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
01/09 – Honolulu, HI – The Republik
01/12 – Osaka, JP – Bigcat
01/13 – Tokyo, JP – Stellar Ball Shinagawa
01/14 – Seoul, KR – Understage
01/19 – Taipei, TW – Legacy
01/21 – Singapore, SP – Laneway Festival
01/25 – Melbourne, AU – 170 Russell
01/26 – Brisbane, AU – Laneway Festival
01/28 – Melbourne, AU – Laneway Festival
01/30 – Auckland, NZ – Laneway Festival
02/02 – Sydney, AU – Metro Theatre
02/03 – Adelaide, AU – Laneway Festival
02/04 – Sydney, AU – Laneway Festival
02/05 – Fremantle, AU – Laneway Festival
02/10 – Berlin, DE – Astra
02/11 – Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz
02/12 – Vienna, AT – Flex
02/14 – Budapest, HU – Akvarium Klub
02/15 – Prague, CZ – Meetfactory
02/16 – Warsaw, PL – Worldwide Festival at Niebo
02/18 – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
02/19 – Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan
02/20 – Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
02/22 – Cologne, DE – Gloria Theatre
02/23 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
02/24 – Paris, FR – La Gaite Lyrique
02/25 – Brussels, BE – Botanique – Orangerie
02/27 – London, UK – Electric Brixton
02/28 – London, UK – Electric Brixton
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TYCHO EARNS FIRST-EVER GRAMMY® AWARD NOMINATION WITH EPOCH
WORLD TOUR BEGINS JANUARY 7 IN OAKLAND, CA
EPOCH AVAILABLE NOW AT ALL DSPS AND STREAMING SERVICES
LP/CD ARRIVES ON JANUARY 20TH
Ghostly International recording group Tycho has received its first ever GRAMMY® Award nomination. EPOCH, the Bay Area-based group’s acclaimed fifth studio album, earned a nod as “Best Dance/Electronic Album.” The 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS from 8-11:30 pm (ET/PT).
“Absolutely surreal to hear the news this morning that Epoch has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album. The first Tycho release was 14 years ago and since that time I’ve had the good fortune of working with some incredibly talented and passionate people to help realize this vision,” said Scott Hansen. “For me Epoch felt like the culmination of that journey so to have it recognized in this way is something truly special. This is an extraordinary honor and we’re immensely grateful to have fans who have supported us for so long and enabled us to make the music we want without compromise.”
EPOCH made an extraordinary chart debut following its surprise release last September, entering Billboard‘s “Top Dance/Electronic Albums” at #1 – Tycho’s highest chart placement to date. In addition, EPOCH also arrived in the upper half of the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 – Tycho’s highest main chart placement to date. EPOCH is available now at all DSPs and streaming services; physical media arrives on January 20, with CD and vinyl pre-orders available exclusively via ISO50 and The Ghostly Store.
EPOCH includes such extraordinary tracks as “Division,” now accompanied by an equally potent live video filmed earlier this year at Morrison, CO’s world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. “Division” is streaming now via Tycho’s official YouTube channel.
Tycho will kick off 2017 with an epic world tour, beginning January 7 with a sold out show at Oakland, CA’s Fox Theater and then heading east for dates in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan as well a major role on the annual Laneway Festival tour, traveling Australia and Singapore from mid-January to early February. A European headline tour will follow, highlighted by already sold out shows in Copenhagen, Stockholm, and London. Tycho will return to Europe in May for a performance at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound 2017 – please see tychomusic.com/#tour for complete details and remaining ticket availability.
TYCHO WORLD TOUR 2017
7 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater – SOLD OUT
9 – Honolulu, HI – The Republik
12 – Osaka, JP – Bigcat
13 – Tokyo, JP – Stellar Ball Shinagawa
14 – Seoul, KR – Understage
19 – Taipei, TW – Legacy
21 – Singapore, SP – Laneway Festival
25 – Melbourne, AU – 170 Russell
26 – Brisbane, AU – Laneway Festival
28 – Melbourne, AU – Laneway Festival
30 – Auckland, NZ – Laneway Festival
2 – Sydney, AU – Metro Theatre
3 – Adelaide, AU – Laneway Festival
4 – Sydney, AU – Laneway Festival
5 – Fremantle, AU – Laneway Festival
10 – Berlin, DE – Astra
11 – Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz
12 – Vienna, AT – Flex
14 – Budapest, HU – Akvarium Klub
15 – Prague, CZ – Meetfactory
16 – Warsaw, PL – Worldwide Festival at Niebo
18 – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset – SOLD OUT
19 – Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan – SOLD OUT
20 – Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
22 – Cologne, DE – Gloria Theatre
23 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
24 – Paris, FR – La Gaite Lyrique
25 – Brussels, BE – Botanique – Orangerie
27 – London, UK – Electric Brixton
28 – London, UK – Electric Brixton – SOLD OUT
10 – New Orleans, LA – Buku Music + Art Project
31 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound 2017
ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES INCLUDING RARE SHOWS WITH TODD TERJE & THE OLSENS
The dates add to an already expansive U.S. headlining tour which includes festival performances at Coachella, Electric Forest and Forecastle as well as two nights at Brooklyn, NY’s new venue Brooklyn Steel. Tycho will then return to Europe in June for performances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain and Porto, Portugal.