Scott Hansen, widely known as Tycho, has continuously excelled at painting vivid sonic landscapes, but the inclusion of Saint Sinner in his latest single, “Japan,” represents a true maturation of the San Francisco producer’s iconic downtempo dexterity.
Tycho’s signature languid guitar plucks and lo-fi influences are still evident in “Japan,” but act more as the track’s infrastructure, with Saint Sinner’s vocals adding a touch of flare to a tried-and-true sound. The result is an adaptable indie-downtempo hybrid, fit for everything from a beachside set to the coffee shop.
The deliberate drum patterns carry “Japan,” allowing it to effortlessly flow from verse to chorus and back, but it’s evident that Hansen’s focus here is giving Saint Sinner the proper stage to shine. This is surprisingly apparent when listening to the track’s instrumental version, which fills the void left by the vocals with fresh arrangements and complex additional melodies.
“Japan” is out now on Ninja Tune and will appear on Tycho’s forthcoming album, Weather, out July 12.
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04. Into The Woods
06. For How Long
07. No Stress