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Tycho Announces New Album “Infinite Health” Due August 30th via Ninja Tune/ Mom + Pop Records & Share New Single “Phantom”

June 26, 2024
Photo credit: Jamie James Medina

TYCHO

Announces new album ‘Infinite Health’
Out August 30th on Ninja Tune

‘Infinite Health’ is the engrossing sixth album by Tycho, the project of celebrated San Francisco songwriter, musician and producer Scott Hansen. The album will be released on August 30 via Mom + Pop Records in the U.S. and Ninja Tune in the rest of the world, and is announced today with lead single and accompanying video, “Phantom”.

Hansen says ‘Infinite Health’ is “about hope for the future and a requiem for the past.” He explains: “I kept thinking back to the high-water mark scene in Fear and Loathing, the author sitting at a typewriter looking out a window onto his past, trying to find meaning in the chaos. Infinite Health is about creating a space for healing and reflection, a mantra for spiritual, emotional, and physical healing. At the end of the day, all we really have is our health – both physical and mental – and we wish infinite health to our family and friends. So in those ways, infinite health is a salutation and an imperative.”

Sonically, the record sees him return to a more electronic-based production style, “focusing on breaks, drums and rhythmic elements” he says. “Then, using that as the foundation, and having all the instrumentation follow that lead, as opposed to the other way around.”

The results sparkle, none-more-so than on lead single, “Phantom”, which Hansen sites as his favourite track on the album. Accompanied by a suitably iridescent, 80’s-influenced visual, the up-beat track sees Tycho’s trademark sound imbued with an Italo Disco neon noir. “I wanted it to feel like a blend of lights in a nightclub with some unknown entity. The phantom; a moving and shifting intelligence that serves as a conduit, maybe a deeper understanding of what’s beneath the surface of this all” he comments. “It’s also about coming to terms with mortality (the phantom being the ever present spectre of mortality).” 

The accompanying video was created in collaboration with visual artist Ricardo B. Ponce aka Pixel Flux, who made the animations, and was edited and directed by Hansen. It is streaming online now.

Tycho delivers another mesmerizing creation. The new single fully embraces the multi-layers and dense atmospherical complexity as per all Tycho creations, circled with this hypnotic cosmic essence. A track that captures that nostalgia yet feels futuristic at the same time.

Since the project’s inception in 2001, Scott Hansen has continued to evolve the Tycho sound as a leader in the electronic arena. Along the way, Tycho has earned two GRAMMY nominations and produced remixes and collaborated with countless notable artists such as ODESZA, Maggie Rogers, Little Dragon, Leon Bridges, and Death Cab for Cutie.
 
Now, Hansen has followed up 2020’s ‘Simulcast’ — a sister album to 2019’s ‘Weather’ — with this captivating new offering. Although it retains the personnel of recent works — as usual, Zac Brown shares guitar, and Rory O’Connor’s behind the kit — Hansen considers ‘Infinite Health’ to mark a fourth era for Tycho.
 
Hansen dove into the ‘Infinite Health’ recording process with aural distinctiveness, and concision, as artistic goals. “The big overarching concept, at least on the technical side, is ‘Let’s try to make this sound as different as possible, while still holding true to our roots” he explains.
 
These were partly achieved through an emphasis on the uptempo, danceable elements of Tycho’s sound, and keen co-production by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. By utilizing a palette of chopped up drums and warm, rounded guitars, ‘Infinite Health’ becomes its own miniature world.
 
‘Infinite Health’ is your waystation to a fresh, updated world for Tycho. After more than two decades, Hansen’s still at the vanguard of electronic music — with so much more to say through his samplers and synths.

‘Infinite Health’ will be released on August 30th via Mom + Pop Records in the U.S. and Ninja Tune in the rest of the world. Pre-order/pre-save here.

‘Infinite Health’ track list:

Consciousness Felt

Phantom

Restraint

Devices

Infinite Health

Green

DX Odyssey

Totem

Epilogue

Tycho live dates:
Fri 13 Sep – Ogden Twilight Concert Series – Ogden, UT, US
Sat 14 Sep – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID, US
Sun 15 Sep – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR, US
Tue 17 Sep – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR, US
Wed 18 Sep – Hollywood Theatre – Vancouver, BC, CA
Thu 19 Sep – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA, US
Fri 20 Sep – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA, US
Sat 21 Sep – The Elm – Bozeman, MT, US
Mon 23 Sep – Wilma – Missoula, MT, US
Wed 25 Sep – Mission – Denver, CO, US
Fri 27 Sep – Harrah’s Lake Tahoe – Stateline, NV, US
Sat 28 Sep – Portola Music Festival – San Francisco, CA, US
Tue 29 Oct – Sound – San Diego, CA, US
Wed 30 Oct – Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ, US
Thu 31 Oct – Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM, US
Sun 03 Nov – Granada – Dallas, TX, US
Mon 04 Nov – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX, US
Thu 07 Nov – Eastern – Atlanta, GA, US
Fri 08 Nov – The Caverns – Pelham, TN, US
Sat 09 Nov – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA, US
Sun 10 Nov – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA, US
Mon 11 Nov – Royale – Boston, MA, US
Tue 12 Nov – Brooklyn Steel – New York City, NY, US
Thu 14 Nov – History – Toronto, ON, CA
Fri 15 Nov – Salt Shed – Chicago, IL, US
Sat 16 Nov – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN, US

https://tychomusic.com

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