Austin’s KUTX 98.9 “Artist of the Month” for March During SXSW
Ty Richards was just honored as the “Artist of the Month” by KUTX 98.9 in Austin. All of this during the holy-grail month – MARCH (the month of the Austin’s world-renown SXSW festival). This spurred several new Austin shows, and in addition KUTX will be spinning several songs from Richards’ new album ‘Zillion’ daily, all month long. They will also be featuring his Studio 1A performance online, Song of the Day, and a My KUTX guest DJ spot on Saturday Mar 25. Stay tuned friends! Here’s what Jeff McCord had to say and you can see the full article here.
In this world, there are artists in a rush – anxious to paint, put to paper or record every thought that comes into their head. And there are those who think, perhaps even overthink, and take their time. With over 200 unreleased songs recorded, Austin’s Ty Richards sits squarely in the latter category. Part of the same fertile Denton scene that spawned Midlake and Sarah Jaffe, Richards first performed at the age of 13. From 2001-2006, he fronted a band called Twilight (nothing to do with the movie series, he takes pains to point out). But mostly, he recorded. And recorded some more. His years were dotted with personal tragedy, health problems, a successful sideline career as a graphic designer, and a new wife and family that he packed up and moved to Austin in 2014. Somewhere in there he decided it was time to get serious about music. Released on the day of the thirtieth birthday, Zillion is a debut album that doesn’t sound like one, full of spry, fuzzy psych-pop that sounds like the work of an accomplished veteran. Which, come to think of it, is exactly what he is.
Ty Richards performs for Austin’s KUTX live in Studio 1A
On the eve of the release of his Debut Album ‘Zillion’, Ty was invited to play KUTX Austin’s very own Studio 1A. You can also catch his Austin album release at the Swan Dive the following day Feb 3 and the following week in Dallas, TX at Three Links – show details here. Hear what they had to say and watch the performances for all three songs below and view the full KUTX article.
Is it possible for a musician to sound like they’re from 1970 and 2070 at the same time? Yes, and his name is Ty Richards. His brand new album “Zillion” has the warm vintage fuzz of 70’s psychedelic rock, and the hard edge of futuristic synth music. It sounds like Beck and Led Zepplin collaborated on an album. Richards’ fingerprints are all over this record, from writing and recording to producing and mixing, it gives it a unique sound that you wouldn’t find from big box rock acts. He’s relatively new on the scene, but he’s already creating a lot of buzz. “Spaceman,” the first single off the new record, is a true delight, groovy and danceable, but at the same time it’s profound and out of this world. Ty Richards stopped by Studio 1A to show us some tunes of the new album, check them out below!
While it’s ever so fitting that fans have bestowed Ty Richards with the nickname “Beck Zeppelin,” there’s nothing derivative about “Going Out For A Cigarette,” the wicked-catchy new number from the DFW native’s forthcoming debut, Zillion. Psychedelic pop and funk-tacular hooks are the consummate cure-all for what ails you, and in a world that could definitely use more levity and dynamism, here’s one you’ll be powerless to resist.
Austin, TX’s psychedelic dance-pop auteur Ty Richards, is pleased to share his latest visual experience. This time for “Going out for a Cigarette,” Richards captures an animated trip experience reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons (on LSD). The track will appear on his upcoming debut full-length album, Zillion. Available February 3, 2017.
“It’s like old Saturday morning cartoons on acid,” Richards explains. “The ‘Going out for a Cigarette’ video was very amusing to make. I spent close to 100 hours on it. It was hard to be finished with it because I didn’t want to stop. When I started this video I only had one thing in mind. I wanted to make something that was animated and super trippy, with a very loose hand-drawn feel. I’m tired of seeing all these Pixar animated movies that are sterile as hell. Computers tend to suck the life out of my work. My favorite cartoon growing up was The Simpsons naturally. I especially love the pilot episode and cartoon shorts that existed before the show was a hit. All those old Klasky Csupo animations were super sloppy and I remember the line-work of the characters were all fucked up and wiggly. That is exactly what I wanted. I also got a lot of inspiration from the Tom Tom Club’s ‘Genius of Love’ music video from the early 80’s. So much animation everywhere, very maximalist. I wanted it to have a nostalgic feeling to it, but still feel new and stand apart from all the shiny videos that are out now.”
“The content for this video was created similar to how I’ve been writing songs lately – on a very abstract level. I started by making a list of things that can’t be undone. For example, you can’t unscramble an egg, or un-explode a volcano, or un-smoke a cigarette, or un-flush a toilet. Some things in life are irreversible. I think the hopelessness of those ideas overlay nicely
against the hopelessness of the relationship the lyrics talk about. I took that strange list and turned it into a bunch sharpie drawings, then scanned them into the computer and made designs from them with color. I animated the shit out of everything to my liking and voila. It’s strange and crude just like I wanted, but the visuals are filled with the same spirit and dumbness that this song has, along with the rest of the record. Enjoy!”
Austin, TX’s psychedelic dance-pop innovator Ty Richards, is eager to share his video for the critically acclaimed single “Spaceman” directed by Ty Richards and Steven Gunter. The track will appear on Zillion, his debut full-length album.
“The ‘Spaceman’ music video tells kind of a psychedelic space-age version of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’” Richards explains. “It’s both futuristic and vintage all at once. This video is hugely inspired by my deep fascination with mid-century sci-fi films and books. We shot outside of Marfa, TX, a place I’ve always wanted to check out. I asked the hotel attendant there what she thought about those mysterious ‘Marfa Lights’. She has lived there her whole life and has seen them multiple times and she’s convinced that they are aliens. My favorite part of the video is the trombone solo. So perfectly stupid. I also like the role reversal, I play the clumsy damsel in distress who needs to be rescued by a heroin.”
Impose Magazine is premiering Ty Richards’ new single “Spaceman” on their front page today with a feature article and live stream. They wrote that the song is “interstellar, but almost like what the 70’s versions of us would assume the future would sound like, if that makes sense.” It sounds like they get it :)
Today Austin’s own KUTX 98.9 is featuring Ty Richards’ new single “Spaceman” for their “Song of the Day”. Keep your ears peeled this afternoon.
Eklektikos Producer Taylor Wallace writes this:
“Spaceman” is a song meant to elicit big grins and bumping heads. It’s fun, psychedelic and laid-back – a pleasant reminder that music is meant to be enjoyed presently and neither the musician nor the listener has to be in any hurry to reach a raucous climax or get to the end. Just relax, move your noggin, and enjoy the slow-burn.”
I’m excited to announce that the first single is out now! Go listen/buy everywhere music is sold. You can also listen right here. Ty Richards’ Zillion will be released on February 3, 2017. You can also pre-order the record and get it the moment it comes out here.