photos by Zach Pollack, words by Claire O'Connor
Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) @ Lincoln Hall last night
Tomorrow Never Knows (TNK) continued for a second night at Lincoln Hall last night, Thursday (1/12).
Returning from their first-ever U.K. gigs, Tycho, aka Scott Hansen and full band, draped the hall in both ambient sounds and visuals . The tour-starting set began with an almost entry level 'adventure guide' on screen. Scott was our visual pilot for the night, as Tycho's sonically streamlined show moved into a fetching blur of sound and picture.
Blending swirling melodies into nebulously triumphant sweeps between stuttering beats and vocal samples, Tycho's set was mostly derived off of its new release Dive. Most of the visuals followed almost literally and thematically. Subjects on screen were either submerged in water or submerged in a bucolicsun-drenched style, which Hansen is known for in the design world.
With their set slightly ridden with technical difficulties, the audience got to banter with Hansen, who, being a San Francisco native, was a little taken aback at Chicago's never ending snowstorm. Hansen claimed he had to go out and buy a new pair of boots for the day, to which a fan replied, "looks like you're going to have to come back here next year!"
The set was full of mostly new music but fans were treated to old favorites "Daydream" and "Coastal Break" towards the end of the night.
Los Angeles' Active Child, who seem to be steady Chicago regulars, came back to the city for their fifth time, and third time at Lincoln Hall. Active Child have been touring non-stop for the past year (opening for M83, James Blake, School of Seven Bells). This time we were treated to most, if not all of their first release, You Are All I See.
Opening the set with the album's self-titled song "You Are All I See," singer-songwriter/harpist Pat Grossi quieted the room with his choir like voice. With tinges of soul, bits of post-dub, and celestial electronica, Grossi treated the audience to "Hanging On", "Playing House", "Way Too Fast" and many more favorites during a characteristically solid set.
Ant'lrd and Abstract Science opened the night. Tomorrow Never Knows continues tonight and this weekend.
More pictures from Thursday below...