Poolside puts a mellow spin on Tycho’s ‘Horizon’
Few artists can craft a sound that is so thoroughly their own the way Tycho has. The Ghostly International signee’s trilogy of albums quickly were individually recognized for their brilliance and quickly bred a committed fanbase.
Following the release of Epoch in 2016, Tycho has toured extensively but remained relatively quiet on the production front, with only remixes of Portugal. The Man‘s “Live in the Moment” and his own track, “See,” from 2014’s Awake that featured vocals from labelmate, Beacon. Withs fans eager for more from the project, Tycho tapped tour mate Poolside to deliver a remix of “Horizon” from Epoch.
Starting with such a singular style is inherently challenging, as one must carefully toe the line between keeping what makes the original so affecting while still crafting it into something new and intriguing. Poolside is more than up to the task, molding Tycho’s soaring style into a more grounded, though nonetheless grabbing, reproduction. Most impressive is the producer’s ability to include such an array of different synths and sounds — glittering arpeggios, swirling pads, and thick basses — into a cohesive piece that doesn’t sound overly busy or indulgent.
Clocking in at just under six minutes, Poolside’s remix never loses the listener’s attention and is a welcome, artistic take that lives up to the appeal of Tycho’s original.