Wednesday, January 18
Sundrenched and flowing by design, Tycho’s music is almost visible when you listen to it. Melodies are painted in overblown pastel hues, and driving yet relaxing rhythms guide this San Francisco based producer’s textural tracks. It is quite easy to guess that Tycho, real name Scott Hansen, makes his music from the center of the golden state, but what you might not guess is that those easily visualized melodies and textures are the product of both Hansen’s musical ablities and his background in graphic design. Creating graphic art under the name ISO50, Hansen’s crisp, sun-worn design style serves as the perfect backdrop for his equally washed out sound. On his latest album, Dive, released on Ann Arbor, Michigan based record label Ghostly International, Tycho builds on his trend of chilled out ambience first established on his 2004 record Sunrise Projector. Perfectly stacked layers of subtle beats, warm guitar tones, and colorful electronic flourishes are what makes tracks like “Hours,” and “Costal Brake” shine through as not only sonically profound, but also stimulating to the visual cortex. Hansen will be joined on stage by a full band when Tycho makes a stop at Mohawk Place on Wednesday (Jan 18). —cory perla
8pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (465-2368 / themohawkplace.com). $12.
Below: “Hours” from Tycho’s latest album, Dive.