Tycho is back with ‘Time to Run’, the first preview of an upcoming body of work. The track finds Scott Hansen collaborating with Kaelin Ellis on drums and Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor on mixing duties. Check out director Patrick Elmore’s video for it below.
“Music has always served as a kind of meditation for me, long before I started creating it,” Hansen commented. “As a competitive runner throughout my early life I would play back loops of songs in my head to cope with the stress of races, focusing on rhythmic elements to help pace myself and stay calm. There is a unique form of clarity that I have found through the meditative practice of running, it is a fundamentally human experience and when I feel the deepest connection between the mind, body and nature. Time To Run is my attempt to translate these ideas into music.”
“’Time to Run’ is exactly what I imagined process-wise,” guitarist Zac Brown said in a statement. “Scott took the initial guitar idea, which was a prettier and subdued vibe, sped it up and gave the guitars a sample based treatment, which along with adding a staccato synth bass made the track super funky and bouncy.”
“The video for ‘Time to Run’ is autobiographical based around a cross country meet I ran in,” he continued. “Cross country races can be a very solitary pursuits; spectators, coaches and officials are all there at the starting area but once the race begins you disappear into the woods where it’s just you against the other runners, carrying all the of expectations of the outside world. The intense pressure and overwhelming physical stress of the moment can make you want to just keep running and never look back. This story is about letting go of the expectations of others and finding your own peace and fulfillment.”
Tycho’s last album was 2020’s Simulcast. In July 2021, he collaborated with Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard on the song ‘Only Love’.