Rock-tinged, indie-pop single ‘Pink + Blue’ presents Tycho Jones’ renewed optimism for life
“unruly and authentic blast of indie” - Record of the Day
“Splicing raw indie-pop sensibilities with flavours of alt-pop, Tycho Jones has found a winning formula” - Dummy
“relentless percussion, earthy bass, and playful rock-tinged guitars” - Elevator
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Following on from Tyhco Jones’ (they/them/he/him) hopeful alt-pop comeback ‘Risk To My Reward’, the “London riser” (Clash) and "Alt Pop Wonder” (Complex UK) is continuing to build up their reputation as an unmissable artist with another refreshing single ‘Pink + Blue’.
This is the sound of Tycho Jones at their most authentic and most free, conveyed through the uplifting vocal melodies and spectacular guitar-led choruses. It’s impossible to not feel the joy embedded within that guitar hook, or to not bop along to the 00s-inspired drum patterns, or to be transfixed onto Jones’ positive lyrics.
"Pink + Blue is about focusing on an optimistic view of the future and not getting consumed by mundane problems.” - Tycho Jones
If ‘Pink + Blue’ is anything to go by, then the horizon is truly endless for Tycho Jones.
Tycho Jones’ first rose to success with their 2021 debut mixtape Tychonaut, a record that’s full of the anxiety, the dislocation, the haze, and the joy of being young in a time so beleaguered with worry and hopelessness. It takes a natural lyricist and songwriter like Tycho to capture all these crucial layers in a song.
Last year, Tycho was awarded a grant to work with a choreographer on developing their live show; since they grew up studying trapeze to a high level, Tycho wanted to dig deeper into the live, physical experience of their music. They’ve built a band, plus a live persona and style of movement, ready for even bigger stages. Indeed, Tycho might be part of the glistening fabric of the London indie music scene, but their songs and performances both narrate and dictate what it means to be young, conscious, and confused no matter where in the world you find yourself.
Signing to Hoxton-based independent record label Globe Town Records the week after they finished their A-Levels, Tycho has been an integral part, and dedicated contributor to, the community of artists that make up this East London indie label. While Tycho’s work and practice is about collectivity, and about using themself as a vector to speak about the experience of others, this artist has received glowing reviews from some of the music industry’s leading authorities. Elton John singled out Tycho as “someone I love from Britain” (Hot Press), with further confirmed fans like BBC presenters Matt Wikinson and Jack Saunders. Tycho also recently took part in Bricks Magazine’s “New Kids on the Block” Editorial Feature in November 2022 “The Art Issue” and Notion’s Spring/Summer 22 Rising and Great Escape Feature.
The video for the lead single ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ from Tycho’s mixtape was nominated for a UK VMA and selected by Virgil Abloh as part of his final exhibition Coming of Age in partnership with the Louis Vuitton Foundation.
Already, Tycho Jones has been on a ride that so many young musicians hope for - and they’re only just starting.
Source Olivia Rayner
April 7, 2023 5:04am ET by Olivia Rayner