"A Hurricane of Artistry" — Johnny Goudie of "How Did I Get Here?"
"It’s our sincere hope that this is the future of rock." — Central Track
'Spaceman' earned Central Track's #2 spot on "The Top 100 Songs of the Year"
"In a world that could definitely use more levity and dynamism, here’s one you’ll be powerless to resist." — KXT 91.7
"It's exceptionally fascinating from start to finish - a true future rock and roll masterpiece." — Fingers On Blast
"... meant to elicit big grins and bumping heads." — KUTX 98.9
"It's both futuristic and vintage all at once" — PureVolume
"... this psych-rock dude’s onto something really special." — Central Track
"I'm excited to release my debut album Zillion. It's like I poured all my favorite records into a blender and served it up. I wrote, performed, recorded, produced and mixed the album myself so you are getting something that's potently me. Hopefully that's a good thing. It's absolutely based in my ingrained roots of psychedelic rock, but it also has some serious pop and dance sensibilities that make it super approachable. This record is as clever as it is "dumb". When you listen to it you will understand what I mean. The timing is perfect though because it has a sense of hilarity that is much needed right now in this world. I feel more like I'm releasing a massive art installation than just a bunch of ninety-nine cent songs, and I hope it's received that way.
But I really believe this music is relevant in our time. I'm covering everything from Sci-Fi, super heroes, and sexuality all the way to impossible dreams and crushing regrets. Lyrically, I took a very abstract approach. But despite that fact, I get more concrete meaning from the songs on Zillion than my entire 18 years of songwriting combined. This album was heavily influenced by guys like Prince, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, and Beck. And every thing I make is shaped by my thick lens of rock and roll shaped by the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Frank Zappa.
The album is strong, start to finish. Each song really holds it's own. I poured some blood and sweat into the whole thing. It's not one of those albums that you skip over to the 2 songs that don't suck. You should just hit play and go on the journey. I did release a few singles, but Zillion really talks as a complete body of work. This is how it was intended to be heard. That being said, I would like to revive the "Album" as an institution again. Albums in my opinion are the best way to be immersed in music and I hope they become popular again. This is the first of a long string of albums I plan to release. It's taken me awhile to get here but I intend to keep this train rolling until I'm pushing up daisies."
— Ty Richards
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released February 3, 2017
All songs by Ty Richards
© 2017 Ty Richards Music (BMI)
Vocals, Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Wurlitzer, Mellotron, Synthesizers, Piano, Bass, and Drums by Ty Richards
Additional vocals on "Naked Girls" & "Going out for a Cigarette" by Emily Richards
Drums on "Baby Baby Baby, Etc." by Justin Anthony
Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Ty Richards
Assistant engineering on "Baby Baby Baby, Etc." by Justin Anthony
Recorded at Tremolo Records in Austin
Mastered by Brian Lucey (Beck, David Lynch, The Black Keys, The Arcs, Spanish Gold, Ray LaMontagne, Sigur Rós, Cage the Elephant, Dr. John, Arctic Monkeys, Lucinda Williams, Dr. Dog, Ringo Deathstarr)
Album photography by Steven Gunter at Pearlsnap Photography
Design by Ty Richards
PR by Heather Wagner Reed at Juice Consulting in Austin and Jeff Anderson at Solid Gold in New York & Los Angeles
Thank you to Emily Richards for being my muse, Kent Garrison for kicking my musical ass, Ryan Stansky for all-nighter projects followed by 5am Davis Donuts, Kyle Warwick for “humbling” me, Tom Richards for raising me up on Led Zeppelin, Summer Richards for fully supporting my childhood desire to be a garbage man, TC Richards for midnight Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwiches at Whataburger, Austin Richards for beating ‘Ocarina of Time’ with me, Steven Gunter for dragging furniture through the desert, Hyman Stansky for being there at 3am, Jonathan & Summer Alexander for being dth, James Cooke for wicked patience, Britton Beisenherz for being my first friend in a new city, Toby Benso for 2-hour phone calls, Beau Patrick Bedford for ‘The Tao of Steve’, Jordan Critz for going to eleven, Calvin Chenoweth for revealing “The stone which the builders hath rejected”, and Lindsay Callahan for your undying compassion, and all my supporters who make this music possible.
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