By Kyle Suss | September 2nd, 2010
Let me take this opportunity to discuss my two favorite experimental artists with the Indie Shuffle community: Tycho & Lusine. Both artists create music under Ghostly International alongside those oh-so-sweet pop melodies of School of Seven Bells. Ghostly is a label that I feel focuses heavily on the quality of their releases as well as the innovation that comes with creating a piece of music. An art gallery as well as a design house, this once-coined “boutique label” has branched out to encompass all elements involved in creating a piece of art.
Scott Hansen, also known as Tycho or ISO50, is a musician, artist, and active member of the blogging community. Hansen’s blog, ISO50, has become the premier destination for new Ghostly releases and unique tunes to satisfy the avid electronic listener. But it doesn’t stop there. Hansen is also a designer, and the blog was originally created as a portfolio for his work. So expect to see some design-inspired posts incorporating elements like typography, photography, or even fashion.
After studying 20th-century electronic music and sound design for film at CalArts, Jeff McIlwain began creating music as Lusine. His ambient, uplifting, and abstract take on modern electronica has set him apart from the sea of artists that surround this broad category of music today. Each release features beautifully crafted melodic pieces intertwined with elements of glitch and downtempo that make for an original yet soothing listen.
Coastal Brake was released in late 2009 and features cover artwork designed by Hansen. Make sure to give the whole release a listen as each track has its own unique take on the original song, a rare occurrence in the world of remixes that we live in today.