TYCHO & BENJAMIN GIBBARD Collaborate For New Single “Only Love”- Out Now via Mom + Pop/Ninja Tune

July 13, 2021
Photo credit: Andrew Paynter


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GRAMMY® Award-Nominated Artists Join Forces For New Collaboration Out Now via Mom + Pop/ Ninja Tune

GRAMMY® Award-nominated artists Tycho and Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie/ The Postal Service have announced the release of a landmark new collaboration. “Only Love” is available now via Mom + Pop Music/Ninja Tune; an official visualiser – designed by Tycho mastermind Scott Hansen – is streaming online now.

What a powerful combination, uniting to bring another layer to one another’s creations. The intimate lyrical notes add this emotional cadence to the kaleidoscopic composition, a bold anthem that all can relate to. A reflective ensemble with an uplifting influence.

“Only Love” stands as a powerful anthem from both artists, meticulously fusing Tycho’s transcendent production and signature arrangements with Gibbard’s cathartic, deeply humanist lyricism. The first new major electronic collaboration for Gibbard since his RIAA platinum certified work in The Postal Service more than a decade ago, the track began its life after Death Cab for Cutie invited Hansen to remix their 2015 single, “The Ghosts of Beverly Hills.” Though Hansen is famously selective about commissioned remixes, he fully connected with the song’s lyrical melody and Gibbard’s distinctive vocals. “ The Ghosts of Beverly Drive (Tycho Remix) ” can be heard HERE .

“I had been a fan of Ben’s work for a long time when, in 2016, I had the chance to do a remix for Death Cab for Cutie’s track ‘The Ghosts of Beverly Drive,’” says Hansen. “Ben’s voice was a very inspiring element to work with from a production standpoint, I felt it really meshed well with the kinds of sounds and instrumentation I gravitate towards. ‘Only Love’ started life as an instrumental, but something was missing. I sent a rough demo to Ben and he recorded some vocals over it. The first time I heard the rough vocals the whole song suddenly made sense and the arrangement flowed out of that. After my early experimentations with vocals on Weather this felt like a great opportunity to put everything I had learned during that process into practice. It was certainly an honor to be able to work with such an iconic voice.”

“In 2014 while reading This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs.The Climate by Naomi Klein, I came across a quote from Montanan goat rancher and environmentalist Alexis Bonogofsky that moved me immensely,” says Gibbard. “Speaking about the fight to protect public lands in southeastern Montana from the mining company Arch Coal, she said: ‘(The) connection to this place and the love people have for it, that’s what Arch Coal doesn’t get. They underestimate that. They don’t understand it so they disregard it.And that’s what in the end will save that place. It’s not the hatred for the coal companies, or anger, but love will save this place.’

“When Scott sent me the music for ‘Only Love,’ it seemed perfect for this statement. Since reading Alexis’s words I’ve carried them as a universal truth; that the only way we preserve the people, places or things we care for is with love, not hatred. This is often easier said than done, of course. But I find myself coming back to her statement as if it were a mantra.”

“I grew up hiking and camping on public lands here in Washington State and my love for them has only increased since becoming a mountain / ultra / trail runner. They were in the forefront of my mind while working on this song.” 

Tycho recently announced the launch of his inaugural ISO50 branded event, set for Friday, July 23 at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Mirage. The Tycho-curated evening will feature six acts over six hours, headlined by Hansen himself and the East Coast debut of the new TYCHO: ISO50 show, an audio-visual immersive experience with 360-degree projection mapping.

Joining Tycho at the one-of-a-kind, outdoor event will be a number of artists who have all collaborated, remixed, toured with, and/or been staples of Tycho’s groundbreaking sunrise Burning Man DJ sets, including RACCom TruiseRooseveltHeathered Pearls, and Nitemoves

In keeping with the visual aesthetic of the ISO50 festival, the digital event poster will be tokenized and made available as an NFT. All attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase the NFT for only the cost of minting and gas fees. For more information and ticket availability, please visit HERE.

See Tycho live:
23 July – The Brooklyn Mirage – Brooklyn, NY (ISO50 Set)
24 July – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO (DJ Set)
14 Aug – Splash House – Palm Springs, CA (DJ Set)
05 Sep – North Coast Festival – Chicago, IL (ISO50 Set)

Gibbard will be performing a run of US dates, including a solo show at Newport Folk Festival this July followed by a September run of shows with Death Cab for Cutie. 

See Benjamin Gibbard live (solo): 
26 July – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI 
See Death Cab for Cutie live:
3 – Bozeman, MT – The Elm ^  [SOLD OUT]
4 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater ^
6 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater ^
7 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater ^ 
8 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront ^
10 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Twilight ^  [SOLD OUT] 
11 – Vail, CO – Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater ^
13 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre * [SOLD OUT] 
15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan #
16 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort #
17 – Napa, CA – Oxbow RiverStage #

^ with support from Deep Sea Diver
* with support from Perfume Genius 
# with support from illuminati hotties

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