This is Nico’s second album, after his self released debut “Nihil” in 2007. I haven’t heard that album, but “Strange Cargo” displays maturity and musicality not often seen in this genre. I would however like some more depth, or “power” in the music. It seldom really lift off and soars; instead you get the feeling that you’re waiting for something. That said, Nico’s focus is clearly ambiance and atmosphere. There are exceptions though, such as “Amber” - a more powerful track where we get a nice buildup before the sweet crescendo at the end.
It’s refreshing to hear someone trying to do something different, which Acretongue succeeds with. I would like a bit more focused song writing, as it is now I can rarely remember a song when it’s finished.