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Tycho, Photos by MEGHAN KEARNEY //
Tycho, Photos by MEGHAN KEARNEY //
Todd Terje, Photos by MEGHAN KEARNEY //
Todd Terje, Photos by MEGHAN KEARNEY //

Tycho at Edgefield 6/28/17 - Leaving the audience astonished

By MEGHAN KEARNEY // Tycho returns to Oregon on West Coast outdoor venue tour alongside Todd Terje and Jaga Jazzist

San Francisco-based electronic group, Tycho, stopped at McMenamins Edgefield in a short series of outdoor performances up and down the West Coast alongside Todd Terje & the Olsens and Jaga Jazzist. The show marked the first Portland-area performance since the release of the band’s fourth LP, Epoch, out late last year.

The band brought with them a new set of ever-changing project visuals, created by Tycho’s lead and graphic designer, Scott Hansen. Decked in his usual head-to-toe white garb chosen so as to immerse himself into the colorful projections, Hansen and the band eased into the set with Epoch’s opening track “Glider.”

Through visually dynamic color palettes and shifting images of landscapes, spacemen, and geometric constructs the band plowed through old and new tracks including their debut record’s “PBS,” along with “A Walk,” “L,” “Awake,” “Montana” and more from Dive and Awake.

The set seemed strategically built to highlight the band’s mellow tracks up front, growing into more sonically explosive picks primarily off Epoch, with the ethereal dance track “Horizon” popping up mid-set and closing with the two most intense and novel-sounding new tracks “Epoch” and “Division.”

Lacking an encore the previous night in Seattle, the Edgefield crowd was treated to a stage-return that included the soft and spooky, video-game-esque track “Receiver” a unique moment in the performance where Hansen sat down to lead keys.

As an instrumental band, Tycho lacks nothing in performance, particularly via the skills of drummer Rory O’Connor and guitarist Zac Brown who’ve skyrocketed the once solo project to the fully-synergized team it is today.

O’Connor’s drumming is nearly a show in itself highlighting his unrelenting, unfettered and meticulously precise compositions that easily mark him as one of the best drummers out there. Brown on guitar adds his own bits and improvised pieces to the live performance, giving a new layered depth to each of the band’s recordings. With a live Tycho show, you truly never know what you’re going to get, but you’ll always leave astonished.

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