Composer, DJ, engineer and producer Jackson Stell has been making hip-hop-influenced beats since his teenage years in Massachusetts, but he didn’t begin doing it under the name Big Wild until he’d relocated to the sunny climes of the Golden State in his twenties. Things began to take off for him once in Los Angeles—thanks to the release of several well-received singles—and the electronic musician toured with the likes of Odesza, Tycho, Pretty Lights and Bassnectar. Earlier this year, Big Wild (above, his video for “Aftergold”) released his first EP, Invincible (stream it below). “Critics have been lauding title track and first single ‘Invincible’ as being distinctly his own: lush and soaring, lithe chimes crowded out by fat brass on the chorus, hits of keys and burgeoning strings filling the in-between and the punch of Ida Hawk’s vocals atop it all,” according to Exclaim. “The track is good—really good—but second single ‘I Just Wanna’ throws down like no other, its slow, thick beat, chopped, repetitive vocals, blown-out synth breakdown and piano flourishes making it impossible to overlook.” So don’t overlook Big Wild when he plays The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night. Tennyson and IHF (Imagined Herbal Flowers) open the show. (Saturday’s appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg is already sold out.)
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Our newest venue, Brooklyn Steel—which will be Kings County’s biggest general-admission room—kicks off this spring with some pretty great shows, including the Decemberists on 4/17-19, PJ Harvey on 4/20, Two Door Cinema Club on 5/1, the Black Angels on 5/2, Tycho on 5/3, San Fermin on 5/13, Laura Marling on 5/20, Animal Collective on 5/23 and Whitney on 5/24—all of which go on sale this Friday at noon.
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Scott Hansen is a man of many talents—and of several names. Under the moniker ISO50, he’s a graphic designer well known for his pastoral, sunny style. This serves him well, providing eye-opening backdrops when, using synths and sampled live instrumentation, he makes dreamy music as Tycho. “I want the music to be a soundtrack to a visual experience where both the audio and the visual aspects of the live show are equally important to the audience,” he says. The San Francisco–based producer and musician uses swirling melodies along with halting beats and sampled vocals to paint a rolling sonic picture. His second full-length, 2011’s Dive (stream it below), earned Tycho (above, performing “Montana” on KCRW FM’s Morning Becomes Eclectic) comparisons to M83 and Neon Indian. On Hansen’s third album, Awake (stream it below), out earlier this year, he employs live musicians. Per Filter, “Silky, swirly synths still abound on Awake, but the groove of live bass, guitar and drums advance Tycho’s sound and put the songs right into the proverbial pocket. Shit, it actually sounds like these dudes are having fun.” Have fun yourself when Tycho closes out the American leg of his tour tonight at Termial 5.
I Break Horses – Rough Trade NYC – April 18, 2014
A wide range of Swedish artists, like Robyn, the Knife and Little Dragon, have made some of the most infectious dance music over the past few years. And Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck continue in that vein as I Break Horses. Following the release of their sophomore effort, Chiaroscuro, earlier this year, the two have embarked on their first-ever headlining tour in North America. Their label, Bella Union, describes the pair’s evocative sound as “a gorgeous Scandinavian croon that’s bathed in an ocean of reverb and tremelo,” and Lindén and Balck are no strangers to performing to huge crowds, having previously opened for M83 and Sigur Rós.
But on the eve of Record Store Day, the Swedes fittingly performed at the intimate Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn. Lindén raised an arm for the show to commence against the throbbing drums of “Medicine Brush.” And while she later had some synth troubles, the band swiftly recovered with crowd-favorite “Denial” to the delight of concertgoers happily bobbing their heads to the beat. I Break Horses followed with a pair from their debut, Hearts—“Load Your Eyes” and the shimmering synth-filled title song—before the set closed with the thumping “Faith.” But the band returned to encore with the swirling “Winter Beats.” —Sharlene Chiu
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Scott Hansen released his fourth Tycho album, Awake, last month, and his current North American tour in support of it brings him to New York City to play Webster Hall on Friday night. The show is sold out but The House List happens to be giving away two tickets. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Tycho, 4/18) and a brief message explaining your 4/20 Easter plans. Eddie Bruiser, who’s always looking for interesting ways to spend holidays, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.
Tycho – Webster Hall – July 14, 2012
Outside Webster Hall on a warm Saturday evening, a slew of creative types (one even donning a I HEART DESIGN T-shirt) lined up for what would be a unique blend of music and design. Having played earlier this year at Music Hall of Williamsburg, this time Tycho hit Manhattan at a larger venue, which nicely lent itself to the atmospheric scope that filled the deepest caverns. Scott Hansen, both musician and graphic designer, provided not only the melodic setting but the visual styling as well.
With the opener, “A Drift,” from last year’s Dive, Zac Brown’s bombastic bass had the room reverberating against images of snow-capped mountains and a Zissou-like expedition crew scaling its apex. During “A Walk,” beach-soaked visuals complete with crashing waves and the cascading locks of one lovely lady transported the audience. Hansen spoke minimally but his genuine amazement by the crowd’s exuberance was clear: “We’ve been to New York, but it’s been nothing like this.” As Tycho produced the perfect chillwave set that would be perfect for a PS1 Warm Up party, concertgoers jumped and swayed along to the beats and beeps of composition.
With the show nearing its end, a chant of “one more song” provoked an encore. Hansen happily obliged, taking the stage solo to play a few songs. One was new, for which he admittedly had just finished the visuals back in the van. Then the audience was sent into euphoria with “Coastal Brake” as the closer. Afterward fans gathered at the merch table for autographs and show posters. And whether they had come for the visuals or the music, everyone left on a high. —Sharlene Chiu
Scott Hansen is a man of many talents—and of several names. Under the moniker ISO50, he’s a graphic designer well known for his pastoral, sunny style. This serves him well, providing eye-opening backdrops when, using synths and sampled live instrumentation, he makes dreamy music as Tycho. “I want the music to be a soundtrack to a visual experience where both the audio and the visual aspects of the live show are equally important to the audience,” he says. The San Francisco–based producer and musician uses swirling melodies along with halting beats and sampled vocals to paint a rolling sonic picture. Last year’s Dive, earned Tycho (above, doing “A Walk” on KCRW FM) comparisons to M83 and Neon Indian. Find out why when he plays Webster Hall on Saturday.
Tycho – Music Hall of Williamsburg – February 4, 2012
Are we living in the golden age of electronic music? If we’re not, one could make a strong argument that we’re fast approaching it. With so much innovation in all directions of the genre, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with emerging frontiers. But somewhere out there deep into the abyss of sonic creativity you’ll find Tycho. Finishing their first-ever U.S. tour with a sold-out show on Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg before heading overseas, Tycho brought a set to Brooklyn that was equal parts dance music and ethereal bliss.
While Tycho is typically a one-man operation led by producer and graphic designer Scott Hansen, bassist Zac Brown and drummer Rory O’Connor joined him onstage. Not only did O’Connor’s live drums add additional punchiness to the set, but they also pushed a driving rhythm to the forefront—leaving Hansen’s space-out inducing symphony of swirling synth arpeggios, somewhat reminiscent of Boards of Canada, sitting just behind these almost trip-hop rhythms.
This aural bliss was all topped with the aesthetic backdrop projections of deserts, ocean waves, icebergs and other assorted colorful designs similar in style to Hansen’s graphic-design work. Tycho finished the set with a bass-heavy rendition of “Coastal Brake,” with low pitches so loud and drone heavy they were more felt than heard. A graphic designer who’s also a musician, ambient music you can dance to, visuals that add to the overall ambiance, bass that’s more felt than heard, electronic music that’s played with organic drums and bass guitars. Does this all sound somewhat contradictory? Such is the emerging face of electronica. —Dan Rickershauser