biography

Niku layers grainy electronic sounds with the occasional mayhem of a mathy post-punk band. He is heavily influenced by his time growing up in eastern Washington, where rolling hills, sparse desert landscapes and the lush Columbia River are contrasted by an ever-present awareness of the nearby Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Niku’s music focuses on creating a diverse sonic landscape with an underlying sense of un-ease.

His self-produced debut album, In the Tidelands, was released by Don’t Be a Lout Music in the summer of 2012. Composed, performed and recorded entirely on his own, In the Tidelands was a conscious effort to creatively maroon himself on an island. For his latest album, the 5-song EP entitled Body Perspective, the idea was to re-open himself up to collaboration.

The perfect opportunity for this arose while performing as keyboardist for Seattle Rock Orchestra (SRO), where Niku met singer Chris Cunningham (of Ravenna Woods) and avant-garde performer okanomodé. A backstage flask of white whiskey was drunk, followed by many hangouts and eventual recording plans being made.

Cunningham appears on the dystopian ‘We Still Fight’ as well as ‘Strays’, while okanomodé brings ancient Egyptian themes to ’In the Catacombs’. Body Perspective also features longtime friends Scott Teske (founder of SRO) on bass, as well as Brianna Atwell and Konstantin Avakyan providing strings on ‘We Still Fight’.

In addition to working on Niku material, the last number of years have been spent in Seattle co-leading indie-rockers The Kindness Kind, playing keys with SRO, and collaborating with Nashville-based Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden.

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