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.”

KUTX 98.9 Song of the Day

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.”

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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.


Thanks to Solstice Live and all the unbelievable bands – Mantra Love, Continental Drift, Palm Daze, and Empire Machines that made this happen. The show was a wild success and I couldn’t have asked for more. There was such a special vibe at Barracuda on this night that is hard to explain, but it was a perfect mixture of excitement and chill-ness. Thanks to Barracuda for having us!



2015 Austin Music Video Festival  - official selection

Wowzers. The video for Ty’s new single “Kiss with the Lights Out” has been accepted into the 1st annual 2015 Austin Music Video Festival. The video will be featured alongside Austin greats Spoon, Gary Clark Jr., Bright Light Social Hour and a lot more.

The official screening will be on Friday September 18 at 7pm at the Empire Control Room. And the awards show is Saturday the 19th at 8pm. Don’t miss this – get your tickets here and see the full schedule of screenings and workshops.

"Kiss With The Lights Out" by Ty - Album Artwork