Tycho at Emo’s in Austin, TX Recap
Last Saturday I saw Tycho at Emo’s in Austin, TX. This beautiful, almost transcendent show was not the first time I have seen this act. In May, Tycho played two back-to-back sold out shows at one of Austin’s small but beloved venues called The Parish. I attended the first of these two shows, and honestly I was skeptical going into it. What would a musician with sound so atmospheric and laid-back bring in a live situation? Turns out – a lot.
Scott Hansen started Tycho over a decade ago and has since released four albums, two EPs and several singles and music videos. His most recent one being Awake which is the name and reason for the tour. He slowly grew attention and fame however in this past year the name Tycho (and for the record it’s pronounced TYE-co not TEE-co) has become synonymous with the rising trend of chill downtempo electronic music.
The show this weekend at Emo’s was a prime example of how quickly Tycho has garnered fame. Emo’s is a capacious indoor venue with a stage that dwarfs The Parish’s. The cozy, intimate quality of the show in May was completely gone, but replaced instead by a mass excitement and shared joy to see Hansen and his live band members perform.
Hansen is known for his beautiful live visuals, many of which he VJs himself while playing synths, guitar, bass guitar or doing vocals. This show featured an enormous screen and more complex images and video than ones in the past. I noticed clips from his music videos as well as some other specifically produced video. Tycho’s soft music and perpetuated beat blend so well with the images; he really does create a journey for the entirety of the concert which left me feeling like I had traveled to somewhere entirely new and back in the time of his set.
This performance also featured a several minute long sort of ‘DJ set’ by Hansen. The other members of the band left the stage while Hansen played a few tracks I hadn’t heard before by himself. The visuals were gone and replaced instead by simple, colored lights yet he filled the space with a few slightly more upbeat tracks until his bandmates returned and finished out the show with some crowd favorites.
Tycho’s ‘Awake’ tour continues on into the East Coast and then off to Europe!