Along with his film work, Chassol began his solo recording career, signing to Bertrand Burgalat
's Parisian record label Tricatel
in 2011. His debut solo album, X-Pianos, was released the following year. With increased ambition, Chassol traveled to Northern India -- Calcutta and Varanasi, specifically -- to record his sophomore record, Indiamore. He would record sounds from both cities and apply his previous experience in harmonizing with reality. Along the way, he coined a name for the genre he was pursuing, referring to it as "ultrascore." He would periodically release ultrascore compilations comprising pieces he'd written at various times, titling the project "the Ultrascore Trilogy" and releasing the first two volumes in 2013 and 2016, respectively.
Chassol also found the time to take on the role of Musical Director and touring musician for numerous French artists, including Phoenix
and Sébastien Tellier
. In 2014, he toured with Phoenix
, and Gilles Peterson
invited him to appear at the Peterson
-curated edition of Meltdown Festival, taking place at London's Southbank Centre.
In 2015, Chassol traced his roots back to the birthplace of his parents, Martinique, located in the Caribbean. It was there that he made field recordings for his third album, Big Sun. As his popularity increased, the wider world of pop music began to take notice. As a result, he was invited to Abbey Road studios in 2016 to take part in the writing and recording of Frank Ocean
's long-awaited second album. ~ Liam Martin, Rovi