"I wanted to take the songwriting into somewhat darker territory..." - hmv.com talks to Tycho
We talk to electro wizard Tycho about his new collection Epoch (you can preview and purchase it on the right-hand side of the page), why he wanted to make this a darker record and his plans for a visceral new live show...
When did you start work on what would become Epoch?
"I think one or two songs from some sessions in late 2015 ended up on there but for the most part I started around January of 2016."
How did you want this album to move on from what you did on Awake?
"I think Awake defined a new, more kinetic space that wasn't present in the earlier stuff but it was also very stripped down and lacked some of the deeper, more multi-layered synthesis / sound design elements of Dive. With Epoch I wanted to bring that back while taking the songwriting into somewhat darker territory and build upon the more energetic components of Awake."
What was the song on the album that took the longest to get right?
"I think 'Glider' was the most difficult. That song went through so many permutations I lost count; the parts that ended up in the song really don't even resemble what it originally was. By the end we were actually considering cutting it but I ended up circling back to some parts that finally felt like they fit within the context of the album."
And which came together most quickly?
"'Horizon'. I think I put that together in less than 48 hours at the very last minute during the final stages of mixing and mastering. I think that song materialized within two weeks of the final album being delivered to the label."
When did you settle on the title of Epoch?
"The working title of the album was Horizon for quite a while actually but I knew that wasn't going to be it. I think I started kicking around the idea of calling it Epoch somewhere around March or April 2016, so relatively early on compared to Awake which didn't find its name until after it was complete."
Were there any other titles in contention?
"Usually there are a few at least but Epoch just felt like the right name pretty much immediately after I came up with it. I think it's very fitting for what I was going for conceptually with this record."
What are your plans to take the record out live?
"I'm really excited to translate this album to the live show. There are a lot of very visceral and defined parts that I think will be very powerful in the context of the show. We've redesigned all the technical aspects of the production to accommodate the new material and open things up a lot on our end in terms of the performance."