Change is in the air, and change is good. It can come like a hurricane or a gentle breeze, and for San Francisco-based producer and music collective Tycho, it's coming like an "Easy" turn toward the sun.
"Music can transport us to other realities but can also ground us firmly within ourselves," Tycho's main mind Scott Hansen is quoted in a press release. "After a trilogy of records spent exploring the outer reaches of experience, I am focusing inward to reveal a human side to the music."
"Easy" is the first single from a forthcoming fifth album that sees Tycho re-examine his approach to art as well as where his music lives. It's warm and bright with a wordless vocal melody that sways languid over nightlight synths, drum-kit rhythms and bass guitar. There are beautiful flourishes of acoustic guitar, too. Each organic element is nestled inside ambient digital noise, and though each layer starts and stops with a computerized exactness, it always feels soft to the touch.
"My journey as an artist has been defined by an iterative cycle with each album building on and refining an overarching vision," Hansen is quoted. "'Easy' is about coming to terms with my past and defining a clear vision moving forward. It's a comforting voice that reminds you not to get so lost in the work, but to take it easy and enjoy the ride. 'Easy' is the bridge to the future."
"Easy" is out now on Mom + Pop and Ninja Tune. Mom + Pop helped put out Flume's Skin and just released Jai Wolf's LP The Cure to Loneliness, while Ninja Tune is home to Bicep, Peggy Gou, Odesza and more. It's a move from Tycho's familiar label Ghostly International, another way this yet-untitled LP signals something new.
"Past is Prologue," Hansen continues. "Dive, Awake, and Epoch were all released by Ghostly International, the label I have been with since 2006. The past 13 years have seen Tycho evolve from the part-time solo project of a graphic designer into a band that achieved things far beyond any of our wildest expectations. The people at Ghostly have been there every step of the way to support my vision, and for that I am forever grateful. I couldn't be more excited to share that Tycho has signed with Mom + Pop and Ninja Tune as label partners for the next album release. While it is bittersweet to see such a meaningful chapter in this story end, it is just the beginning of another."
The new album is due out sometime this year. Tycho has announced a few live tour dates through July and September, including a debut performance at the Sydney Opera House and a slot at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival. Tickets are on sale now. Check the full list of upcoming tour dates and listen to "Easy" below.
Tycho Tour Dates 2019
July 21 – Yelgun, Australia @ Splendour in the Grass
July 23 – Melbourne, Australia @ Forum Melbourne
July 24 – Sydney, Australia @ Sydney Opera House
July 26 – Yuzawa-machi, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
Sept. 19 – Resonance Music & Arts Festival @ Slippery Rock, PA