Nick Hakim - Green Twins (Vinyl)

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Nick Hakim songs brim with yearning. There are glimpses of lovers, both lost and present, but he emphasizes the feelings they impart in specific moments. This was the hallmark of his early standout, “Cold,” a break-up song that longed for a reconciliation that would never come, settling for the memory of her smile and gaze. Each of Hakim’s scenes carries singular flourishes, like the souring regret that can come with nostalgia, or the blush of a daydream. These details all bear love’s pull—lusty remarks, frenzied expressions, delicate tremors, caught in the thrall of romance. Hakim’s debut album, Green Twins, is a shrine to these entanglements made entirely of soft-spoken love songs that erupt into psychedelic hymnals.
Growing up in D.C., Hakim’s parents would sing and play nueva canción, the socially-charged folk music of South America. Meanwhile, his older brother was deeply immersed in the city’s vibrant punk scene, and introduced him to the Clash and district legends like Fugazi and Bad Brains. Hakim’s friends were in go-go bands and he sat in on rehearsals. It all shaped his formative years. Nourished by a rigorous musical background, Hakim landed at Berklee College of Music, and as a student, he released Where Will We Go, a two-part project about isolation, intoxication, and how they feed each other. Those arrangements were more hushed and still, but Green Twins is full of life and energy, often operating at a fever pitch.

Green Twins definitely has an summery, joyful aesthetic to it meant to be enjoyed with friends and significant others. It has low points (Nerdy Bees) and it has highs (Slowly). In these senses, I think that Green Twins is a noteworthy release of Summer 2017.

While the album could have benefited from being more R&B-focused per Bandcamp and taken more elements than it already had from Robert Wyatt, Marvin Gaye and Shuggie Otis (listed on Bandcamp), it serves its purpose nicely as being Hypnagogic Pop/Neo-psychedelia per RYM. I also mentioned earlier that the vocals sounded too floaty. I really mean this for the whole album - the vocals combined with the dainty production brings the sound too far from us that are still here on Earth. In conclusion, Green Twins is a very good album that seems to be a little too wildly produced. It would have been excellent if Hakim took more from his influences and sounded a little more grounded.

By: Alikria.

A1 Green Twins
A2 Bet She Looks Like You
A3 Roller Skates
A4 Needy Bees
A5 Tyaf
A6 Cuffed
B1 Miss Chew
B2 Farmissplease
B3 Those Days
B4 Slowly
B5 The Want

Sleeve sticker says: New album includes poster and digital download card.

On ATO Records.