Skip to main content

Tycho at The Art School, Glasgow!

A few months ago I discovered a new ear worm in the form of Tycho. Dive is one of those albums that floats along nicely and takes you on a little journey. I'd first heard about Tycho via his graphic design alias ISO50. The ever talented Stuart Simpson had one of his prints showing a bear walking across a kind of rainbow bridge, although it sounds like a hipster cliche it was actually quite a cool graphic which stuck in my brain.

So years later matching up the cool cover art of Tycho's Dive and Awake albums with that ISO50 print was serendipitous. I've been zoning out to Dive for a few months now and like with most new music I discover I got into a research mission which usually includes trying to see them live. Dublin a week after my birthday was on the cards but didn't happen for various reasons but soon after the Glasgow date was announced. In the meantime Tychos profile seem to get bigger week by week with some amazing singles and videos from the new album Awake doing the rounds along with a special live appearance on Boiler Room San Francisco (see video at the bottom, its good!) resulting in only a few tickets on the door for the gig. Thankfully after some akward milling about in the venues foyer I managed to purchase my tickets, get a shower and make it back in time to catch the start of their set!

What followed was over an hours worth of beautiful and dreamy instrumental music which took everyone in the room on a journey. Watching the guy in front of us break out into uncontrollable dancing while everyone else nodded away was kinda funny but then the urge to move overtook more people and the room got more and more engrossed in the music. Repetitive guitars, dreamy synth lines and some incredible drumming melded to form some incredible sounds. The band also had a full size projection screen going on which really added to the music, just as the albums artwork tries to convey the complex arrangement of music the visuals for each song seemed to be directing the viewer towards some kind of deeper understanding. If you check out their Boiler Room set you'll get an idea of the vibes they emit when performing, it was truly special to witness. You can check out some photos from the show below and if you get the chance go see em, just be prepared for a multi sensory overload and euphoric unplanned head bobbing!

P.S. I missed the support act Christopher Willits but check him out, its all about the vibes! 

Popular posts from this blog

Painted Doors 2017 - Year 2 Recap!

It's been a busy old year and I for one cannot wait for the christmas break. I'm lucky to be off til the new year and I'm hoping it'll be a chance to catch up and take stock. Its certainly been another busy year for art and culture in Aberdeen and especially putting art into the public realm. Nuart Aberdeen, Look Again Festival and Painted Doors both provided lots of incredible opportunities, and the artworks were nae bad as well. But with famous street artists and international design stars on the programme, what makes Painted Doors special?

Firstly all the artists are from or are based in Aberdeen. And many of them are new faces to me which is a good sign that we have a healthy creative scene in the city. I pride myself on getting out and meeting artists and creatives and spend a lot of time trying to help promote and shine a light on their work but even in the big village of Aberdeen where everyone knows everyone its fantastic to come across new faces. The artists fo…

NUART Aberdeen - Part 1, Production Week!

By now the sight of a giant yellow cherry picker at the Indoor Market is a common sight with hundreds of photos appearing across Instagram and Facebook. NUART Aberdeen kicked off last week with the arrival of our first artist Martin Whatson. I had the pleasure of seeing Martin at work up a cherry picker in Stavanger for NUART 2014, a sight that definitely makes you stop and stare. Having initially met team NUART on their first few visits to Aberdeen I'd offered to help in any way I could and was given the role of artist host. I would be meeting them at the hotel, showing them around and hopefully giving them a little insight into our fair city.

So on a sunny Wednesday we headed to airport to meet the infamous Martin Whatson. Being the first to arrive I was a little unsure what to expect, after all I've been a huge fan of street art for 10+ years and to be honest the whole concept of NUART in Aberdeen has been blowing my mind for months. So when this tall blonde Norwegian appear…

Painted Doors Aberdeen Project Recap!

With spring upon us new artists will be added to the painted doors line up and well have a fine selection of large scale walls by the NUART Aberdeen which is kicking off tomorrow with a host of international talents. I wanted to share all of the completed doors to date and shine a bit more light on the door artists, collating them all before part 2 kicks off. Already the doors have had a big impact on local business and the people who frequent them such as Contour Café and Cafe52 on the Green. With a clear view of Katie Guthrie and Cosmic Nuggets doors, Contour is the perfect spot to get some lunch and a perfect view.
With the doors stretching from just off the Green to the far end of Langstane Place you can have yourself a nice little walk along the back streets, avoiding the bustle of Union Street. Its a nice way to connect up some Aberdeen's more overlooked areas and really conveys for me what art can do, in making us look at our surroundings a little differently and seeing the …

'Darkness Can't Exist In The Light' by Jo Muir at The Anatomy Rooms!

If you've been in town recently then you'll certainly have seen the banners and posters proclaiming "Art is the new Oil" although I think its less a proclamation as it is a question. The poster is part of a campaign by Citymoves Dance Agency to promote their 3 week festival of dance which finished a few weeks back. Now partner organisation with The Anatomy Rooms (Citymoves have taken on the large open plan dissection rooms) they aim to bring contemporary dance to the forefront of Aberdeens cultural offering. I'm sad to say I couldn't make it the various events but did get a look at Jo Muir's exhibition, organised to coincide with the festival.

Jo is one of the numerous artists based in the Anatomy Rooms studios and has spent the last 12 months hiding from day light and working out her ideas. She was finally ready to present a new body of work which seemed like a perfect fit with Dance Live and so over the course of 3 weekends the show was open to the publi…

'Past, Present And Future Subversions' by Dundee Print Collective!

If you go down to Dundee today you're in for a big surprise! And its not a teddy bears picnic. To say Dundee is a city on the up would be a slight understatement but its also not entirely true. You see Dundee has been up for a while, at least in my view with its world class arts centre The DCA complete with café, bar, cinema and screen printing facilities, the fantastic art school Duncan of Jordanstone (still one of the best degree shows I've been too) and the benefits of affordable space which has helped numerous artists and collectives thrive and led to great intiatives like Creative Dundee.

Last year some friends put me onto Dundee Print Collective. Made up from a group of artists and paying members, their aim is simple, to promote print making and making it accessible for everyone. Founded in 2014 the group has held numerous shows and been part of a huge exchange event which saw their work travel to China. DPC have consistently pushed their mandate and a quick scrawl throug…