Exposé Online banner

Nicolas Figeroa — Ko
(Mylodon MYLOCD036, 2005, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01

Ko Cover art

In his opening move, “El Principio,” Figueroa lets the listener know in no uncertain terms, amid a complex web of multilayered interlocking guitar parts supported by percolating bass and drums, that he is not at all afraid to rock; even with that soft and soaring female voice part in the midsection, it almost sounds like he could’ve sampled a track by his countrymen Exsimio, or even Discipline-era Crimson. For the most part, the remainder of the disc moves forward without the rock component, relying on the strength of multiple guitar parts alone (acoustic, electric, Spanish, and 12-string), along with bass and guitar atmospherics all played by Figueroa himself, with guest spots for sax, flute, keys, and vocalizations. Only two tracks, “Corazon de Fuego” and “Sin Limites,” have lyrics as such, the former falling into the light-pop-jazz-funk category – obviously the commercially viable airplay candidate – and the latter being a more heartfelt and soulful piece treated to Figueroa’s supporting guitar tapestries. Drums appear again on “Veranotonal,” an instrumental that sports a somewhat jazzier style with multi-saxes driving the melody over trademark 12-string guitar musings. In all, Ko is strong on melodics and atmospheres, relatively easy on the ears (perhaps somewhere between the ECM sound, Windham Hill, and the California Guitar Trio), and is an easy album to like overall.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Nicolas Figueroa

Latest news

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Garmarna & Hedningarna reissues – Over the last few years, I’ve had several occasions to gush about how wonderful Garmarna is, namely the release of each of their three American CDs (the first two on Omnium, the third on NorthSide)....  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues