NICKO Explores Ambient Tones On “CONTEXT I”
After releasing a debut album earlier this year, bassist and electronic producer NICKO has returned with a second album called CONTEXT I. While his first record took its cues from video game soundtracks, the new seven-song collection is his first foray into ambient soundscapes.
It began with the second song on the album, “Losing Track of Time,” which he wrote by playing with a repeating melody and different synth sounds. Eventually, he landed on an inspiring mood and put fretless bass on top of it.
“Though I absolutely put my heart and soul into the other music I make, it feels somewhat mechanical due to the nature of its style, whereas this felt more like expressionist painting,” he says. “I enjoyed it so much I frankly felt silly for not attempting an ambient project before. I knew immediately that I wanted to make more, and I dove in head-first”.
NICKO works through emotions using a blend of 70s- and 80s-inspired synth tones as well as multi-tracked fretless and extended-range basses. Check out the track that started it all:
CONTEXT I Track List:
- Losing Track of Time
- Bad Omen
- The Last Five Minutes
- Improv 01: Happy To Be Here