Cool Show Alert: Tycho with Beacon and Ennui

Published On January 16, 2012 | By Kymbo Slice | Music

The last time Tycho hit the PGH, I will admit I was a bit distracted. I was pumped to see Little Dragon, but was pleasantly surprised by Tycho’s opening set. Their ambient electronic music is something that my tastes don’t tend to drift towards, but I thoroughly enjoyed their tunes. Born from the mind of San Francisco-based artist and producer Scott Hansen, Tycho has spent the past few years honing their sound, which “blends swirling melodies into vaguely triumphant arcs that crisscross between stuttering beats and vocal samples, creating rolling sonic landscapes that extend into the horizon.” –Ghostly International. The marriage of this haunting, melodic sound with the “sun-drenched” backdrop of Hansen’s art is what makes Tycho worthy of the Ghostly International label; one he shares with the likes of VIA alum Matthew Dear, as well as Shigeto, School of Seven Bells and Mux Mool, among others.

Tycho will grace the Shadow Lounge for a rare all-ages appearance this Thursday night. For only $12 at the door, this show is one not to miss! Tycho’s album Dive was on numerous best of 2011 lists and last played the PGH to a sold-out crowd. It will be nice to see them at the focal point of what should be a fantastic evening of tunes. Joining Tycho for tour support is Beacon, who was named one of Stereogum‘s “Bands to Watch” back in November. Drawing influences from nineties and contemporary R&B, IDM, and bass music, Beacon has joined the ranks of How To Dress Well and others on the bedroom pop/indie R&B circuit, but with a bit more ambient vibe. Check out “No Body,” which includes sampling from Keith Sweat’s original song of the same name. I can’t help but think of Thom Yorke when I hear this. Brings ya back.

Rounding out the line up are locals Ennui, who opened for Junior Boys a while back. Jim Doutrich is the primary creative force behind the band, alongside Sam McUmber (of Mariage Blanc) and Joe Rusnak. The trio makes psychedelic pop with an ambient feel. Rather than say what’s already been said, why not hop over to our boy Patrick Bowman’s blog and read an article originally published in the City Paper last March on their most recent release. I certainly can’t put these guys into the proper light that Patrick does. ::bows::

This event gets our certified stamp of approval for the hottest hap this Thursday. Buy your tickets in advance here or you’ll be sorry!

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