Thrupence comes through with a mixture of Bonobo and Tycho that befits the first real week of fall in Portland.
Never have an artist’s visual and aural collections so perfectly worked together. Scott Hansen, known as the musician Tycho and as the designer ISO50, couples his washed-out, pastel-tinged prints and photography with the ambient downtempo sounds as a perfect pairing.
This might be best exemplified by the video for Ascension, which is used for visuals during the Tycho live performance:
Below are two songs from his most recent album, which was the first record from Tycho employing a full band. While you’re listening, check out the handful of his visual offerings below (more can be found at ISO50).
The first three are from Phoria, a band showing a lot of potential with their latest release ‘Emanate’. It’s the most intense of the whole list, beautifully crescendoing over four minutes, beginning with vocal harmonies and snips and snaps, and ending with utterly overwhelming synth. Definitely a highlight of the last couple of weeks.
The rest is a smattering of mellow sound that’s light on well-annunciated vocals. It’ll give you a good 50 minutes of calm concentration, spend that how you will.