In addition to being a fairly successful graphic designer (as indicated above), Scott Hansen has also been performing as electronic act Tycho since 2002. ‘Dive’, aGhostly International release from 2011, eschews paranoia in its constantly unfurling, dream-like soundscapes and vast, holistic appeal. Its recorded with live drums, but assembled on the computer, this approach dowsing a pulsating deep bass with a sun-soaked tone which revels in its own warmth. Buy the album or check out Hansen’s extensive design collections at the Tycho website.
Has there ever been a more fitting name for an album? This hymnal interpretation of chamber folk music echoes the hovering mystic ambience of experimental acts such as Volcano Choir, but in an entirely different context; Julianna Barwick’s ‘Magic Place’ is an adventurous yet solemn voyage into the empyrean, far-removed from reality and modern times not just for its distinctively sunken reverb sound, but for use of choir and vocal layering to present a magical, textured and idiosyncratic ode to religious music.
#28 Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine - Still Sound (MP3)
Somewhat divorced from the more clear-cut themes present on Toro Y Moi’s debut LP ‘Causers Of This’, ‘Underneath The Pine’ asserts itself less decisively in its incessant darting between 70s disco and soul, Eastern-tinged psychedelia and retro hip-hop. ‘Underneath’ is altogether impeccably eclectic, ‘Intro’ splutters a churning, scintillating feedback, ‘Before I’m Done’ a squeaky acoustic opening, and ‘Still Sound’ a cheesy Ariel Pink-era disco beat. A solid scoop of a second LP from Washington’s Carpark Records.
New Zealander Connan Mockasin’s previous incarnations have unsurprisingly left their mark on his sound, his former blues arrangements (under the “Connan & The Mockasin’s” moniker) deftly transposed via bass line into the midst of his extended psychedelic performances on new LP ‘Forever Dolphin Love’. The record, released by Because / Phantasy (2011), is a languid, spacey and post-modern affair, and from a salient chiming and stringent, dissonant keyboard vibe resurges the main form of the song, a triumphant, riddling funk-bass and an eerily theatrical, Bowie-like set of almost alien utterances.
#26 Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica - Sleep Dealer
A record of cavernous depth and schizophrenic sampling, Oneohtrix Point Never’s eerie and writhing electronic arrangements commenced streaming via Mexican Summer in November. Stream the whole album and read my words on this highly disturbing release by visiting my earlier post.