Tycho may have one of the albums of the year on the horizon with Weather. The latest track to be plucked from it, 'Japan', is stunning; replete with dreamy reverb-coated vocals, cosmic synth stabs, delay guitar, and a dub-y chest-thwacking bass groove, the track's like a hug for your brain.
Tycho is well known as a solely instrumental artist and so has released an instrumental version of this single to go along with the one which features vocals from Saint Sinner.
Speaking of the dual release, Tycho says: "The instrumental versions are not just the songs with vocals muted, they are different arrangements with different instrumentation and melodies in place of the vocals. I wanted to explore the idea of approaching songs from two entirely different perspectives."
Listen to the two different version below:
Of the writing of the above music Hansen adds: "I had just returned from spending some time in Hakone, Japan with my wife’s Japanese relatives. I was thinking a lot about the kinds of electronic music instruments I had been using when I first started making music in the late ‘90s. With Japan I was trying to recapture a part of that sound and combine it with the imagery and experiences from my trip to Hakone. I sent the song to Hannah with nothing more than the title of Japan and she wrote all of the lyrics."
Meanwhile, Weather will be released on Ninja Tune and Mom + Pop Music on the not so distant date of 12 July.
The announcement was made last month with 'Pink & Blue' placed as the lead single. It became the first ever Tycho cut with vocals. And just like the situation with 'Japan', the honour of singing on Tycho's music fell to Hannah Cottrell, aka Saint Sinner, who looks set to become a touring member of Tycho.
Weather track list:
1. Easy (listen)
2. Pink & Blue (official video)
4. Into The Woods
6. For How Long
7. No Stress
Tycho UK show:
05 - London, Printworks