Thoughts on Tycho’s Music Video, “See”
Although Tycho has been relatively prolific with music production, corresponding videos have been quite scarce. With the release of their most recent album, Awake, in March of this year, came a music video for their track “See.”
This video is surprisingly narrative driven. It opens with rhythmically-edited, establishing shots of a lush, raindrop-kissed forest. A young woman awakens and finds scattered, carved wooden pieces around her. She collects them and stows them in a leather bag. The last one she picks up is inscribed with a glowing circle that leads her to the first part of a three-fold journey.
She continues to be transformed and transported with the aid of the wooden pieces. Through her journey she meets a man who at first seems to be a guide-like figure, but later becomes a companion. She seems shaken, inspired, and enlightened.
A ‘subplot’ of the story features the Tycho ensemble performing the piece. They appear to be as raindrop-kissed as the forest and the footage has a very distinct, electrifying aesthetic. At the end of the video when the young woman has conceivably completed her journey, she and the man are lit with the same effect, bringing the two story lines together.
The video represents Tycho’s artistic trajectory very well, I think. As we’ve seen Tycho branch from a one-man-show to a whole live band, we have witnessed a great change, and depth to their work. This film demonstrates the dynamic quality of their music with an appropriately matched video. It also really highlights Tycho’s ability to balance the very organic with the very digital and create one harmonious piece.
And yet it is so, simply, Tycho. Of course there are the soft, atmospheric moments that we all know and love to be distinctly Tycho. I’d imagine that music videos are hard to create; it’s hard to capture the collective emotion that a piece can evoke. I think that this video does a wonderful job of welcoming the audience into the narrative that they created. We are welcome to join this young woman, and to the sound of Tycho, embark on dream-like journeys.
VIDEO: “See”/ YouTube + The Creators Project
AUDIO: Tycho at KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic
VIDEO: Tycho’s “Montana” Live at KCRW’s MBE
VIDEO: Tycho’s “Awake” Live at KCRW’s MBE
AUDIO: Awake full album stream / Soundcloud