Electronic and rock wouldn’t be two genres that most would typically put together, but it seems that Tycho has risen to the task. Tycho is the project taken on by San Francisco artist Scott Hansen in collaboration with Zac Brown and Rory O’Conner, whose latest LP Epoch surprised fans when it dropped unexpectedly on Friday.
The album is the third and final instalment of his trilogy spread over five years, which began with the 2011 release of Dive, followed by Awake in 2014. The new album is a testament to Tycho’s multifaceted sound, straddling genres with ease across the eleven tracks. The album opener, ‘Glider’, plays with sparkling 80s-inspired tones, which have a particular resonance in the wake of the Stranger Things phenomenon. ‘Receiver’ has a certain ethereal quality thanks to the layers of trickling piano melodies, while snappy drum beats and lengthy guitar leads send tracks like ‘Slack’ and ‘Field’ further into a rock territory, which all nestle cosily with the hints of electronica scattered throughout the album.
The surprise factor of the release is something that Tycho was fully conscious of. “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,” he explains. “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.”
Download Epoch here, out now on Ghostly International.