Tycho shares new single “Japan”+Video

Having recently announced their new album ‘Weather’ is due July 12th via Mom + Pop Music x Ninja Tune, Tycho are sharing their new single “Japan”.

The track comes in two forms, the first features the addition of vocals from Hannah Cottrell (Saint Sinner) and the second is an instrumental piece, which features the vivid signature soundscapes present in the classic Tycho sound.

Scott Hansen of Tycho said “Similar to ‘Pink & Blue’ the instrumental versions are not just the songs with vocals muted, they are different arrangements with different instrumentation and melodies in place of the vocals. I wanted to explore the idea of approaching songs from two entirely different perspectives.

With visuals from director Charles Bergquist, Hansen said the following about the new song “I had just returned from spending some time in Hakone, Japan with my wife’s Japanese relatives. I was thinking a lot about the kinds of electronic music instruments I had been using when I first started making music in the late ‘90s. With Japan I was trying to recapture a part of that sound and combine it with the imagery and experiences from my trip to Hakone. I sent the song to Hannah with nothing more than the title of Japan and she wrote all of the lyrics.”

Tycho’s 2016’s GRAMMY® nominated, Billboard-topping album, ‘Epoch’ saw huge success for the San Francisco-based group, building to two sold out nights at London’s 1500-capacity Electric Brixton followed by a date at The Roundhouse. Now, the electronic music project – led by primary composer and renowned graphic designer Scott Hansen – unveils a wholly new iteration of sound with the release of their fifth studio album.

Longtime collaborators Zac Brown (bass/guitar) and Rory O’Connor (drums) and touring member Billy Kim (keyboards/guitar/bass) will join Hansen on the “Weather World Tour” which includes a headline show at London’s Printworks – details below. Saint Sinner will also join the live band on all dates as the first touring vocalist with Tycho, bringing a new energy to the show.

In many ways, ‘Weather’ is the culmination of Tycho’s career as a whole – each prior step taken with intention to land on this new creative ground. The past 13 years have seen Tycho evolve from a part-time solo project of a graphic designer (Hansen is known internationally for his distinctive design work as ISO50) into a massively successful and world touring live band. The music, too, has fallen in line with this steep trajectory, and each release has introduced new elements to us, ever expanding into untouched sonic territory.

Hansen on the musical progression of Tycho through the years: “With each Tycho album my goal is to evolve and broaden the sound. After The Science of Patterns (2002) and Past is Prologue (2006) — two primarily electronic solo efforts — I began incorporating more organic sounds and instrumentation. Dive (2011) saw the addition of guitar and bass guitar while Awake (2014) took it a step further with guitars pushed to the forefront and the use of live drum performances for the first time. Epoch (2016) honed that sound further balancing the electronic and organic components that defined Tycho.” ‘Weather’ intends to reveal a more human side to the music, with the vocal and lyrical components adding a whole new dimension of warmth and life.

“Weather” Tracklist
1. Easy
2. Pink & Blue
3. Japan
4. Into The Woods
5. Skate
6. For How Long
7. No Stress
8. Weather

Tycho live dates:
JULY 2019
21 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour In The Grass *
23 – Melbourne, Australia – Forum Melbourne
24 – Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera House
26 – Niigata Prefecture, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival ‘19 *
5 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre **
6 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre #
7 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall #
8 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre #
11 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom #
13 – Minneapolis, MN – Palace Theatre #
15 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom #
16 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts #
18 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre – Boch Center #
19 – New York, NY – Summerstage #
20 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall #
21 – Slippery Rock, PA – Resonance Music & Arts Festival *
23 – Detroit, MI – The Masonic #
24 – Columbus, OH – Express Live #
26 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant #
27 – Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC #
9 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller #
10 – Stockholm, Sweden – Vasteatern #
11 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Main Hall #
13 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich #
14 – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall #
15 – Paris, France – Elyse Montmartre #
17 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Ballroom @ Ancienne Belgique #
18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso #
19 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s #
21 – Warsaw, Poland – Praga Centrum #
23 – Prague, Czech Republic – Roxy #
24 – Budapest, Hungary – Akvarium #
25 – Vienna, Austria – WUK #
27 – Milan, Italy – Fabrique #
28 – Bologna, Italy – Estragon #
MARCH 2020
1 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Apolo #
5 – London, UK – Printworks #