Cinematic Stories with Tycho - Lollapalooza 2018

reppin: sacramento, ca // ghostly international // 2002 - present

sounds like: a collection of dreams within a bigger dream that is the story you want to read

scott hansen | photo cred: timeout.com

scott hansen | photo cred: timeout.com

latest album drop: epoch (2016)

featuring: scott hansen // live band - zac brown // ryan o’connor // billy kim

tycho | concord music hall, chicago | 8.1.18 | lollapalooza | @thefaakehipster

tycho | concord music hall, chicago | 8.1.18 | lollapalooza | @thefaakehipster

The one of a kind festival that is Lollapalooza has dropped itself in the middle of Chicago. The hot, humid sun has never felt so good. Being in the middle of thousand of people never sucked so good. And what matters the most...getting lost in the music..dancing your face off...letting your emotions come out like never before. But don’t forget. Lolla has spread itself like a virus throughout the city and at every venue, every night, there is another memory to be made. Enter Tycho. Concord Music Hall. August 1st.

tycho | concord music hall, chicago | 8.1.18 | lollapalooza | @thefaakehipster

tycho | concord music hall, chicago | 8.1.18 | lollapalooza | @thefaakehipster

Tycho aka ISO50 aka Scott Hansen hails from Sacramento, California and has been at the music making thing for nearly 20 years. And he sure as hell does not look 40. Scott started out solo and since Tycho’s inception he has released four ambient, chill, progressive, future-sound, lo-fi albums. Each its own little treasure. The downtempo vibe puts you in the mood to just open your mind and let the music in. Over the years he has gained a dedicated following, but even more so the music speaks for itself. He was nominated for a grammy with his latest effort, Epoch, in 2017.

So let’s set the stage for one of the kick off after shows of Lolla 2018. The venue is sold out. The anticipation throughout the crowd can be felt as the wait seems like forever. But once Scott comes out with his live band, the show kicks off. No need to talk, just let the music speak for itself. And that is much of the beauty as the set goes on. There is no talking, just playing. The tunes start slow and soft, happy and sweet. They reel you in as they move swiftly from song to song. You can see how focused they are on stage, each in their own little zone bringing the crowd every detailed element. Singing? I love a good voice, but the way these tunes are composed there is no need for one. There are no choruses and verses, just a beautiful cinematic approach to their set. The backdrop provides another layer to their show composed of designs and landscapes that match the music. And then it all comes together. Each song it’s own chapter. And all together, a whole story is told. A unique experience that you all need to go see in your own.

suggested listening experience: when you need to think // after a long day of work // hanging with the one you love

listens: awake // epoch // hours // a walk // daydream // melanie // division

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POLIÇA: 30 Days in Chicago, Day 5 presented by Red Bull Sound Select

reppin: minneapolis, mn // mom + pop music // 2011 - present

sounds like: up in the clouds in a protective happy bubble with the dark and stormy surrounding you

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster 

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster 

last album drop: untitled crushers (march 2016)

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster

featuring: channy // chris // ben // drew // ryan

As the cold really set in this past weekend, a lucky crowd was provided a warm environment both in temperature and feels in the brand spanking new House of Vans. Opening earlier this year, I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a few shows, but things really came full circle as Poliça took the stage. Prior to their dreamy and dark performance, record lovers were shuffling through the record fair and enjoying all the beers Goose Island could feed you. A skatepark by day, the place transforms into a “southern vibes” Austin-like venue. A big warehouse, tall ceiling, a clear view to the stage forming a truly intimate setting. After Ohmee got some music in us, the synth-pop act, Poliça, hailing from the true midwest in minneapolis, made you smile while giving you goosebumps at the same time.

Poliça features the soft voiced Channy along with two drummers, a bassist and a producer that creates a balanced dream like pop and a deep dark synth vibe. The band has worked with the likes of Bon Iver and Doomtree through their existence, most likely contributing to the wide range of sounds and feels they’ll spill into your system. Off the bat, you can get a feel for Channy’s luscious and soft vocals, often adding effects to add depth to each tune. One song is uplifting, putting you in a more imaginative, uplifting sort of mood while the next may put a dark dagger into your spine and lift the arm hairs on you. There is pretty much no choice but to put your attention forward and let them pull you into their world. I love how they move from song to song, often with little chit chat, so you can become fully engulfed in the show.

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster

The balance of synth, R&B and electronic sounds is pretty mesmerizing, and put me in a slow groovy kind of mood. The lyrics are powerful as well, balancing between being pretty straightforward, yet metaphorical. “Flic flac, you’re a habit to me” is one of my favorite’s from their track, “lime habit” off their latest release. Songs like that inject you with the dark side of life, but more of an uplifing beat at the same time. The constant pull in each direction makes them such a unique act overall and one you should definitely check out when you have the time. Next up: Mitski and Hazel English tomorrow.

suggested listening experience: getting cozy during a cold, dark night // making sweet, sweet love // twisting one up

listens: lime habit // lately // lay your cards out // amongster // dark star // wandering star

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new music/album release: SAINT SLUMBER

reppin: small town, jersey, usa // 2016 - present // unsigned

sounds like: a caterpillar turned butterfly slowly ascending from your cocoon in the middle of a vivid forest

saint slumber

saint slumber

latest album drop: YOUTH//1 ep (f*cking today!)

featuring: joshua // aaron // matt

Okay, so that is a weird and “high-statement” to say about a band, but for a debut ep from seasoned musicians, I expect nothing less. The impression that ensued a few minutes in had to do with the type of tunes you come across, if you are to split them down two lanes. There are those tunes that give you the singular ability to make you feel something in that moment, while others have a sound that builds on a longer timeline and takes you to a vast area that allows your imagination to run. This is the latter and I love it. These three make you feel warm in all the right ways with their balance of rock and electronic beats. Quick story: They were once upon a time ago named Dawns, and I saw them play at a tiny place they call Berlin in Manhattan, and they were really good and now they are even better. End story. Now, these guys are starting a new story, and being unsigned gives them all creative freedom a band could want. This is so evident as you move through these five songs that gives one all the feels.

saint slumber

saint slumber

When COOL kicks in, the bass is clearly heard and you notice the careful placement of instruments. They are spaced out properly to let themselves be heard at the right moments. YOUTH really slows things down and gets super trippy and electronic with vocals effects. When the guitar comes in for the kiss at the end it really adds another tasty treat. HUMAN brings more keyboards to the party with lyrics of crazy depth, but with a simple message in the story. It’s one of those songs that is sweet as is, but probably on another level in person. Next up we travel to GETAWAY, which wants to give you a hug with a more mellow vibe. I can only guess that it is meant to set up the anticipation for the final song, which it accomplishes. NEED brings her home with a powerful beat and crazy good build up to the last half of the track, perfectly fitting with the lyrics. This EP -->  a volcanic eruption of eargasm(s).

suggested listening experience: in the office to drown out your shit colleagues // chill weeknight with some friends // deep thinking alone time

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new music: MTNS

mtns | photocred: soundcloud.com

mtns | photocred: soundcloud.com

reppin: brisbane, australia // create/control records // active since 2013

sounds like: falling down backwards forever with all those crazy kaleidoscope patterns around you...in slow motion

last album drop: salvage (2013) // new single released oct 17 

featuring: tom eggert // joseph thiang // robbie hellberg

Close your eyes for a second on the commute to work (not if you are driving, bad idea), lay down on your couch; take a moment away for the nonsense we all encounter day after day. Each one of mtns tracks, from second one, offers an escape from what we worry about day after day. Whether it is Tom’s luscious vocals, the subtle, downtempo beats or synthy waves, you are now allowed to put a smile on your face. These Aussies are still babies as far as how long they have been around, but damn, they killed it with their second EP, “salvage” in 2014 and are finally back with a mind-numbing new tack, “insight.” There truly is a perfect blend of electronic and instruments that can bridge the gap (see “lost track of time”). I was not able to dig up much information on these dudes, but it seems like they are starting to build their band into a full time gig. Which is totally why you need to get some ears all up in their business now.

mtns | photo cred: bandsintown.com

mtns | photo cred: bandsintown.com

So, back in 2013 these guys made a ton of noise in the land downunder and earned honors to open at the BIGSOUND showcase in Brisbane then. That was a few years ago and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Their ambient tracks layer oh so well with those mellow beats and sprinkled with just enough pop sound to attract all those ears. The processed, as described in a triple j interview, starts with keyboards and builds with the computer using sounds, samples and MIDI. The vocals and lyrics work themselves as the song builds, which is why it sounds so fucking good over those beats. This is a very special, special band, not just because they have perfected this indie electronic sound so early on, but they really take you to a place where you can just forget and sway. I dig.

suggested listening experience: making sweet sweet love...so much sweet love // whenever you want to get away from it all // night time cruise by the waterfront

listens: fears // lost track of time // insight // salvage // crave

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new music: WILDCAT! WILDCAT!

reppin: la, usa // downtown records

sounds like: in the movies, when the characters go to heaven and can dance on clouds...yea, something like that

wildcat! wildcat! | photo cred: myoldkentuckyblog.com

wildcat! wildcat! | photo cred: myoldkentuckyblog.com

latest album drop: "no moon at all" (aug 2014)

featuring: jesse taylor // michael wilson // jesse carmichael

Are we in the era of the rise of synthpop again? Perhaps, but we first have to go back in time a bit; the late 70s to be exact. Groups such as Depeche Mode and The Smiths took it to another level in the early 80s but not until the past 10 years or so have we seen a comeback like this. It’s upbeat and soothing sound is catchy and evident in the trio of Wildcat! Wildcat!, who have done an amazing job of incorporating the electronic counterpart. Originating out of LA around 2012, these dudes immediately supported Alt-J on tour, in what I think is a rare learning experience so early in a band’s life. Their 2014 release, no moon at all, features winner all around. The vocals are delectable and the vibe will get you grooving and dancing.

Fast forward to right meow and you’ll notice a slew of singles and light touring (from my personal research), which can make one think, why the fuck write about them now? Well, the feelings in my bones tell me that they are brewing up something big for their next release. The singles “straight to the top” and “relentless” showcase a new type of range. The latter features a solid hip-hop verse and beats to match. It is the calm before the storm, so get your ears in this because you are a responsible human and you can make choices. Here is to the soon to be much anticipated new tunes.

suggested listening experience: the post night out gathering when you can only manage a few more sips of beer // chillin with the significant other // puff puff pass

listens: relentless (ft. wynne) // garden grays // straight to the top //  audiotree live (video)

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