September 20th, 2012
Although technically Dive was released in November of 2011, it can be said that Scott Hansen’s third LP and second on Ghostly International, was one of my most heavily-played LPs of 2012. It’s gorgeous, ambient noise and it took me back to the days of walking around the University of Oregon campus when I was a graduate student and listening-the-hell out of Boards of Canada’s 1998 classic, Music Has the Right to Children. A lot of things happened in Oregon for me, but the most exciting thing was the way that I was introduced to music from friends I met in the pacific Northwest that I wouldn’t have heard holed up in a white-bred liberal arts college dorm room. A landmark discovery was DJ Shadow’s Entroducing…, which seemed to go hand-in-hand with the bliss of Boards of Canada. The accomplishment of a record that soothes you and sustains its listenability over countless listens became something worth obsessing over.
Fast-forward to Tycho’s arrival in the mail at the Philadelphia Weekly offices, before Spotify started practically making physical mailers and discs obsolete, and I had no frame of reference. Never heard of him/them (some players appear on the record and in a live act), just liked the cover art and trusted Ghostly’s namesake. Popped it in my boombox and casually listened as I goofed around in my apartment, reading the internet and tidying up or whatever. First listen my reaction was something like ‘Oh, this is nice.’ Second listen, I’m pretty sure, I took a bath with it. A long wintry bath with a fancy Lush bath bomb. THIS IS THE SOUNDTRACK FOR THE NEXT MONTH OR INFINITY, I thought. I started playing it for friends. I made people borrow it and bring it back – I was a pusher. It provided so much peace and comfort to me and I wanted friends to enjoy the beauty of it, too.
Then I saw that they’re at the Trocadero on Saturday and I knew I had to shout it from the rooftops: I love this record, this man’s sonic aesthetic and, presumably, this show will be totally chill and gorgeous. GET TICKETS NOW.