California based musician Scott Hansen is the brains behind the ambient, post-rock project Tycho. To date Hansen has recorded and released five studio albums working under the Tycho name. In his earliest days Hansen worked alone using a digital audio workstation to mix live instrumentation with audio samples and synthesizers. In 2010 Hansen embarked on a tour with a full live band for the first time and from then on would work with live members Zac Brown and Rory O’Connor.
The latest product of that work is Tycho’s 2016 album, “Epoch” – an album that was nominated for a Grammy for best dance/electronic album. Tycho are now out on the road touring in support of that album and the tour swung by Boston’s House of Blues on Monday night. Tycho treated their fans to a lengthy night of music consisting of two sets and a two song encore. They played almost exclusively from the three albums recorded as a whole unit, with the lone exception of the track “PBS” from Hansen’s first album as Tycho “Sunrise Projector.”
As an instrumental act, sometimes holding a crowds attention for an entire show is sometimes a struggle. But with absolutely stunning visuals, Tycho did just that. Presented on a large white screen behind the band, and produced by a projector at the soundboard, each song got its own unique visual, in effect replacing the vocals as another instrument. The show as a whole was part concert, part visual art exhibit, but whatever you want to classify it as, it held the attention of everyone in the room.
Opening the show was Brooklyn electronic duo Beacon, a band who also released a new album last year, titled “Escapements” the pair played mostly tracks from that album. Thomas Mullarney of Beacon, also joined Tycho onstage for the song “See” to sing vocals – the only Tycho song performed on the night with them.