Tycho’s first release, Past Is Prologue, is finally being pressed on vinyl for the first time. Past Is Prologue began as Sunrise Projector, Tycho’s 2004 full-length debut on Gammaphone records, which was then expanded and reissued in 2006 as Past Is Prologue on Merck records. Now released on vinyl in it’s entirety (a Past is Prologue vinyl sampler was released on Merck Records in 2007), Tycho/ISO50/Scott Hansen has added to the beauty of this record with a four-panel tip-on sleeve, 160 gram wax and typically vibrant and colorful artwork.
Designed by ISO50 (Tycho's design moniker)
The vinyl edition is limited to 2,000 pressings only. It features a 4-panel, tip-on art jacket with a matte laminate finish and original inner art sleeves on standard 160 gram vinyl.
All pre-orders include an instant download of the complete vinyl edition, which includes the tracks "Cascade" and "Phoenix," previously unavailable on the original release.
Tycho‚Äôs Past Is Prologue has a storied history. The tracks began as Sunrise Projector, Tycho‚Äôs 2004 full-length debut on Gammaphone records; the record was then expanded and reissued in 2006 as Past Is Prologue on Merck records; and now, Ghostly International is reissuing Tycho‚Äôs original masterwork, re-introducing graphic designer / producer Scott Hansen‚Äôs musical universe: a lush, expansive imaginary landscape of sepia-toned keyboards, warm downtempo beats, and mile after mile of sun-dappled beauty.
Scott Hansen‚Äôs alter-ego is as graphic designer ISO50, and his visual work and musical creations share a similar aesthetic: saturated, faintly nostalgic tones, artfully arranged compositions, with a complex internal rhythm and color-outside-the-lines joy that‚Äôs both easy on the eyes/ears and tremendously addictive.
Past Is Prologue is an ideal point of entry into Tycho‚Äôs world: ‚ÄúDictaphone‚Äôs Lament‚ÄĚ is an anthemic rush of melody and rhythm with cross-panned, dueling basslines and a gauzy, late-afternoon feel; ‚ÄúSend and Receive‚ÄĚ sounds like a music box designed by Brian Eno, a fine mesh of melodic plips and plops and brisk, skittering hi-hats. The title track is a low-level stunner, splitting the difference between Rhodes-heavy ambient and drum ‚Äėn bass‚ÄĒboth laid-back and frantic. Past Is Prologue also includes remixes from Dusty Brown, Chachi Jones, and Nautilis, as well as a new remix of ‚ÄúFrom Home‚ÄĚ by Mux Mool, in which the Brooklyn producer expands the modest ambient swell of the original into a bass-heavy beat symphony. As its title implies, Past Is Prologue is only the beginning. In the years since its initial release, Scott Hansen has been refining his approach, woodshedding new material and buffing it until it shines like polished brass. For Tycho, the past is prologue to a limitless future.
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