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COM TRUISE – Isostasy

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Last month Com Truise – aka Seth Haley – announced Iteration, his first new album in 6 years, which will be released on June 16th via Ghostly International.

Today, along with a string of new UK & European live date announcements, he follows previously shared single “Memory,” a pop-inflected, futuristic synth-driven cut, with his second single “Isostasy.” As its name implies, the track has a spaciousness to it, as it seemingly floats through the sonic world Com Truise has built over the years.

Hear “Isostasy” here:

“Repetition is a form of change,” reads one of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies. Seth Haley knows the concept well, and his style of technicolour synth-wave takes the mantra as a challenge–how much emotion can one man convey through his machines? Six years ago, Galactic Melt introduced space traveler Com Truise and his journey through far-flung galaxies, before mini-epics Wave 1 and Silicon Tare expanded the story in further cosmic detail. And now Iteration concludes this particular sprawling saga. True to its name, the album is built on Com Truise hallmarks: neon-streaked melodies, big drums, robotic grooves, bleary nostalgia. But Iteration is also the most elegant and streamlined that Haley’s music has ever sounded.

At the album’s heart is an elaborate narrative, one full of longing, hope, anxiety, and triumph. Iteration illustrates the last moments Com Truise spends on the perilous planet Wave 1, before he and his alien love escape its clutches to live in peace. Album opener “…Of Your Fake Dimension” launches the interstellar drama with its anthemic swells and widescreen sound design, before lovesick songs like “Dryswch” and “Propagation” outline scenes wrought with cybernetic pathos. In “Isostasy”, the synaesthetic quality of Haley’s compositions is presented in ultra-high-definition. Later, the frantic rhythms of “Syrthio” conjure images of panicked flight, as Haley’s gorgeous synth melodies gild the action in quiet heartbreak. Then comes the resounding “When Will You Find The Limit…”, when Iteration’s pain and sadness finds liberation in the vast unknown. The closing title track ends it all in a gush of majestic revelry.

So goes the winding story that Iteration tells, and yet there’s more behind its telling. “I try hard not to write from my personal life, but it’s inevitably going to seep into the music,” Haley explains. “It’s basically like I’m scoring this film in my head, but that film I’m scoring is also somehow my life.” There are glimpses of the difficult time the East Coast native spent adjusting to a new life in Los Angeles, fighting homesickness and burnout while also touring the world. It was a time full of uncertainty, transition, and self-realization. After a year and a half of living in California, Haley finally recaptured his creativity by finding new excitement in his work. “I put more air, more breathing room in the music—that was the big change,” he says. And once that clicked, the album quickly materialized.

Such a clear refinement of the Com Truise sound took time to develop, but Iteration is well worth the patience and perseverance it cost. Some of Haley’s smartest, catchiest work is here, from the weightless pop heights of “Memory” to “Ternary”‘s lush synth-funk. A song like “Vacuume” somehow manages to balance massive bass swells and punishing drums with stuttering angelic gasps, and “Usurper” gracefully pairs subtle poignant melodies with uplifting dance beats.

“For me, it feels like change,” Haley says of his second album, and yes, this is Com Truise like never before. By embracing the music’s inherent nature and peerless qualities, Iteration finds new avenues of expression in its vivid, familiar surroundings.

Beacon – Marion

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Thomas from Beacon performs “See” on stage with Tycho. Coachella Weekend 2, April 23, 2017.

Beacon are back. In the spirit of a springtime tour as direct support with Tycho, and in the afterglow of an appearance with at Coachella’s second weekend, the New York duo have shared a new single. “Marion” is the first piece of music this year from Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett, who released their second LP, Escapements, in 2016 to great success.

At the heart of “Marion” is a hammered dulcimer. The percussive, stringed instrument—an ancient ancestor of the piano—acts as the composition’s harmonic and dynamic guide. Samples ebb and flow, projecting into the mix at moments of brightness and clarity. Other times they recede beneath Mullarney’s crystalline voice and a bed of feathery, pneumatic production. This is the mode in which Beacon have always thrived: wistful amidst pulsing electronics and soft-washed hues.

Video: Tycho – Horizon

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Ahead of their upcoming UK tour dates this June with shows in Glasgow, Manchester & Bristol, Tycho have shared a new video for their track ‘Horizon’, taken from their Grammy-nominated album ‘EPOCH’.

The video, taken from the groups mesmerizing live show, features original animations from Neil Krug and cinematography from Charles Bergquist.

Watch ‘Horizon’ here:

‘Horizon’ is the second track from the Grammy Award nominated album ‘EPOCH’ which is available now on all platforms.

Tycho has also announced additional shows for its 2017 World Tour including playing four rare co-headlining shows on the West Coast with Todd Terje & The Olsens and special guest Jaga Jazzist. Todd Terje is one of Scott Hansen’s main influences, appearing frequently in Scott’s DJ sets. This is the first US tour ever for Todd Terje & The Olsens, Terje’s live band.

The dates add to an already expansive U.S. headlining tour which includes festival performances at Coachella, Electric Forest and Forecastle as well as two nights at Brooklyn, NY’s new venue Brooklyn Steel. Tycho will then return to Europe in June for performances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain and Porto, Portugal.

Tickets for the North American tour are on sale now. Please see tychomusic.com/#tour for complete details and remaining ticket availability. Full list of tour dates is below.

Earlier this year, Tycho received its first ever GRAMMY® Award nomination. EPOCH, the Bay Area-based group’s acclaimed fifth studio album, earned a nod as “Best Dance/Electronic Album.”

EPOCH made an extraordinary chart debut following its surprise release last September, enteringBillboard’s “Top Dance/Electronic Albums” at #1 – Tycho’s highest chart placement to date. EPOCHalso earned a place in Red Bull Music’s “25 Best Albums of 2016″ and Dancing Astronaut’s”Top 10 Albums of 2016.” EPOCH is available now digitally at all DSPs and streaming services and physical CD and vinyl are available via ISO50 and The Ghostly Store.

Video: Moiré – Jupiter

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Ahead of his new album release Moiré has shared a video for his new single ‘Jupiter’.

When Moiré decided to call his second album No Future, he wasn’t trying to make a political statement so much as state the obvious: If humanity keeps heading down the hateful path outlined by certain right-wing political figures and recent political events, we might as well hit the nearest self-destruct button.

“It’s not just about the West, either,” explains the London-based producer. “It’s the way the whole world thinks. It’s almost like we’re in this mad cycle. In a way, we have no choice—we either adapt to the situation or we’re dead. That’s it.”

Today’s musicians are faced with a similar now-or-never situation: they can either experiment and evolve or get brushed aside by the Next Big Thing in an industry that’s as flippant and fickle as it’s ever been. Moiré welcomes this challenge with a record that’s avant-garde and accessible, possessing a punk spirit without stealing its sound wholesale. No Future builds its story on the back of halogen-lit hooks and left-field dance loops instead, leaving a trail of breadcrumb-y beats for guest vocalists like MC DRS (a longtime collaborator of LTJ Bukem) and post-grime poet James Massiah. They both tackled the album’s loose themes without being told about them beforehand. They simply got it. Immediately.

“For me, the idea of techno has always been new music,” says Moiré. “Not reinventing the wheel necessarily, because everything’s been done before. I just want to make and hear something new.”

Modeling his machine funk melodies after the sci-fi stories of Philip K. Dick is certainly a nice start, as it leads to songs that feel both futuristic and strangely human. Or as Moiré—a former architect with a deep interest in design—puts it, “His books are like paintings of what’s going to happen; they’re always rooted in reality and current issues. No Future is about where we are as a society right now, too. It makes me think of four words: fear, hypocrisy, inequality, and lies.”

No Future also captures a fading sense of what makes our cities so special—a celebration of art itself, something that’s been threatened by the rising cost of real estate and the steady closure of major clubs like Fabric and Plastic People. That explains why a smoke-clearing song like “Lost You” is about more than just a mere relationship. It alludes to a complete lack of communication and the loss of, well, everything—our societies, our countries, our families, and our friends.

“It’s weird,” says Moiré. “It feels like everything is disappearing in front of us, almost like someone is pulling the carpet from beneath our feet, and we can’t do anything about it. Things are changing so fast; I’m not sure we’ll be able to catch up. In that way, the title of the album is very appropriate. I don’t need to push it even. I mean, just look around.”

Watch the video here:

Tycho – Division (Remixes)

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Today, Tycho shares two new remixes of their first single ‘Division’ from the recent album Epoch, which is set for physical release on Jan 20th via Ghostly International.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — fresh from her Pitchfork Best New Music-rated collaboration album with Suzanne Ciani, Sunergy — delivers a melting ambient epic while Heathered Pearls, a Ghostly staple, bolsters the dance elements of the original. In addition to the two remixes Tycho is also sharing a video for ‘Division’ that was filmed lived at their Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance on September 17 featuring official audio from the album.

Stream ‘Division (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)’ & ‘Division (Heathered Pearls Remix)’:

Watch ‘Division’ live at Red Rocks (ft. official audio):

Epoch is the final album in the trilogy beginning with 2011’s Dive, then 2014’s Awake and culminating with this year’s Epoch (Ghostly International). This period between Dive and Epoch marks a significant maturation for Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project, one that has taken him from a solo performer to fronting a live 4-piece band on large stages across the world. Epoch hones the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory. Epoch is available digitally now and for physical pre-order now due out January 20.

This January, Tycho will embark on a world tour. The tour will begin on Jan 7 in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theater. From there Tycho will travel across four continents including Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For a full list of tour dates, tickets, and more information, please visit http://tychomusic.com/.

Kllo – Bolide (LONE Remix)

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Having released their hugely anticipated sophomore EP Well Worn back in August, today Kllo share LONE’s rework of the lead single ‘Bolide’. When thinking up remix targets, the R&S Records mainstay was right at the top of Kllo’s wish list. As big fans of the UK producer’s textured, eclectic productions, they weren’t disappointed, with LONE offering up a typically lysergic take on the track.

The remix coincides with the duo’s first ever world tour which currently has them in Europe with RÜFÜS DU SOL. They will then turn their attention to supporting NAO on her European run before heading to North America with RÜFÜS DU SOL once again (as well as playing a run of stand alone shows). Kllo will also play a special London show on November 3rd as part of the[PIAS] Nites series at Omera with fellow [PIAS] Different Recordings artists, Vessels andGroves. To cap off a busy year, they’ll make their New York City live debut at Baby’s All Right onDecember 8th. A full list of dates can be found here.

Well Worn is out now on Ghostly International (North America), Different Recordings/PIAS(UK/Europe/Japan) and Good Manners Records (AU/NZ/ROW).

Recondite – Corvus EP

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After spending the past three years cutting acclaimed records for such esteemed imprints as Innervisions, Hotflush, and Acid Test, Recondite has rejoined the Ghostly International fold with an EP that builds on the robust field recordings and pale, moonlit melodies of the Berlin producer’s breakthrough LP Hinterland. Named after the foreboding family of birds that includes ravens and crows, Corvus is a chilling listen bookended by two very different versions of a spellbound new track called “Capable.” While the original version is aimed squarely at shadow-drenched dancefloors, Ricardo Donoso’s remix mutes Recondite’s skeletal drums and restless rhythms in favor of richly woven strings, ghostly ambient grooves, and frost-bitten samples. It’s as if we’re drifting without a dance loop to light the way—caught in the web of a complex sound bank that’s cinematic yet strangely subdued.

The middle section of Corvus is mesmerising as well, as “Kauz” shuffles and shimmers in front of a star-splashed skyline, “Huibu” casts wooden sticks against poison-tipped synth parts, and the EP’s title track melds the harsh cries of Bavarian birds with a tense beat. And while Recondite admits his new material is “a bit more serious” than his last couple 12-inches—it was loosely inspired by everything from The Revenant’s Ryuichi Sakamoto soundtrack to Max Frisch’s heady novel Homo Faber, after all—the Rottal-Inn native insists there’s a light at the end of this particular tunnel. Or as he puts it, “Melancholic doesn’t necessarily mean dark. Music can be happy and moody.”

Out on November 11 / Ghostly International
Tracklist:
01. Capable
02. Kauz
03. Corvus
04. Huibu
05. Capable (Ricardo Donoso Clemency Version)

Tycho – Epoch LP

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Tycho releases their brand new album Epoch. This is the final album in the trilogy beginning with 2011’s Dive, then 2014’s Awakeand culminating with this year’s Epoch (Ghostly International). This period between Dive and Epoch marks a significant maturation for Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project, one that has taken him from a solo performer to fronting a live 4-piece band on large stages across the world.

Epoch hones the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory. Earlier this summer Tycho released their first single ‘Division‘ and just last week released their second single and title track, ‘Epoch.‘ The surprise album is available digitally and for physical pre-order now.

Listen to ‘Epoch’ in full here:

When discussing the surprise element of this release Hansen said, “I’ve never been fond of handing in an album then waiting 4 months for it to be released. I wanted to be more connected to the people consuming the music. There is a kind of visceral fulfillment you get from sharing something that you’ve just created with other people. That’s a very satisfying feeling as an artist” Hansen continues, “All art is in some way shaped by the current state of the world around the person creating it so there’s a element of zeitgeist built into any album. We just finished mastering the album so it will be a month old when people hear it. I’m hoping people get a sense that this music is directly connected to the time they are experiencing it in.”

Epoch was produced and recorded by Hansen predominantly in his home studio in Berkeley, CA. The album was arranged alongside long time collaborator and partner in the project, Zac Brown. Brown contributed bass and guitar parts to the songwriting process. Rory O’Connor performed drums on the album.

Hansen sees Epoch as a multi-dimensional artistic vision at the confluence of his graphic design work via ISO50 and music with Tycho. The graphic presentation of album artwork is as important as the music itself. The keystone is the central image of Epoch and the colors scheme red and black. This is a stark contrast to the almost rainbow palette of Awake. Album art is above and full track listing below.

Epoch tracklisting:

1. Glider
2. Horizon
3. Slack
4. Receiver
5. Epoch
6. Division
7. Source
8. Local
9. Rings
10. Continuum
11. Field

Download/Stream Epoch: https://Ghostly.lnk.to/tycho-epoch
Purchase Epoch at ISO5O: http://shop.iso50.com/epoch
Purchase Epoch at The Ghostly Store: http://www.theghostlystore.com/products/tycho-epoch-lp

Tycho – Epoch

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Tycho has revealed ‘Epoch, the latest single from Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project and the keystone of the forthcoming album. The new album is at once a departure and an evolution for Tycho; honing the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory.

The release of ‘Epoch’ comes two months after the release of the song ‘Division.’ These two songs are the first new material from Tycho since the acclaimed 2014 release, Awake. Around the release of Awake Tycho performed in over 30 countries worldwide including major festival appearances at Coachella, Outside Lands, and Bonnaroo in the U.S., as well as Falls Festival in Australia, and Latitude in the UK. This fall Tycho is on tour playing several U.S. cities as well as a performance at Treasure Island festival in October.

Video: Kllo – Sense

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Kllo today share the official video for their single, ‘Sense’, the third taken from their recently released EP, Well Worn. ‘Sense’ was recorded on the piano in Kllo’s lounge room, leading to the distinct feeling of nostalgia that is evident. Filming the video on Super 8, they went along with a good friend, James Robinson, to a number of locations that are close to the duo’s hearts; the suburb they grew up in, the studio where they wrote a lot of the music, and the parts of Melbourne where they spend their time off. According to the duo, ‘It was important to us that we captured the honest aspects of our life at the moment, as unrefined as the music.’

The video coincides with news that they’ve announced their first ever world tour which will take them across Europe with RÜFÜS DU SOL and NAO and North America with RÜFÜS DU SOL again (as well as playing a run of stand alone shows). Kllo will also play a special London show on November 3rd as part of the [PIAS] Nites series at Omera with fellow [PIAS] Different Recordings artists, Vessels and Groves. To cap off a busy year, they’ll make their New York City live debut at Baby’s All Right on December 8th.

Well Worn is out now on Ghostly International (North America), Different Recordings/PIAS (UK/Europe/Japan) and Good Manners Records (AU/NZ/ROW).