The quietly pretty sounds of "Lucky" are a highlight of The Waiting Room, Seattle-based producer Jeff McIlwain's third full-length album for Ghostly International. The track's warm, immersive sounds are a fine representation of the abiding mood of the album as a whole, both soulful and groove-laden, sitting somewhere between electronic pop and experimentalism. For this single release, "Lucky" comes with three remixes, all of which take different approaches to exploring the track's reflective, downtempo mood.
Jeremy Greenspan's reinterpretation of the track extracts a brief pitched-down vocal sample and sets it over an insistent drum pattern and a woozy synth sample, and Steve Hauschildt's remix explores similar territory, dialing the beat back and wreathing the vocal sample in layers of slowly unfolding synth textures that pan around the stereo spectrum, leaving you with a sense that you're somehow floating in the middle of the track. Lake People, meanwhile, jettison the vocals altogether, crafting an instrumental that's aimed straight at the dancefloor — specifically, a laid-back dancefloor on a beach somewhere. As a whole, the single plays out at as a series of meditations on a single theme — that of electronic music that's got a heart and a soul.
I'm amazed at this artist's ability to distill ingredients which sound essentially to my ears like 80's goth pop (minus vocals) into the most uplifting -- nigh religious experience inducing -- music ever. I discovered Tycho a few years ago via YouTube; the recording was a dawn DJ set at Burning Man. Now, Burning Man and dawn are both things I prefer to avoid, but I'll bet that was a pretty awesome experience nonetheless, and I'll admit to wishing I'd been there. Madeline v. F.
Truly my favorite album of all time. Every song is infinitely replayable with each listen providing more hidden layers and details. Each listen providing such a vivid atmosphere that you would never want to leave. slikktic