Nico Niquo (aka Nico Callaghan) is releasing album Timeless via Melbourne’s Daisart on September 26, with a preview of the title-track premiering via AQNB today. The Australian jazz aficionado presents the LP’s hypperreal sonic landscapes on the new label founded by ju ca, alongside a book called Snakes in the Grass exploring the evolution of and ultimate corporate intrusion on ambient music in a contemporary context.
Callaghan is joined by saxophonist and childhood friend Jared Becker in creating an impassioned homage to its influences that include Billy Strayhorn, Miles Davis, John Abercrombie and the ECM records. The track listing, with its titles like ‘Silent Feet’, ‘Lush Life’ and ‘(In My) Solitude’, are deeply contemplative sound pieces that swell with the minimal echoes of their internal monologues. ‘Timeless’ in particular draws saxophone, vocal patches, violins and guitar together under a canopy of elemental dub and synth sequences with a New Age touch.**