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2020

WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD

Nick Hakim

Tracks
  1. 1. ALL THESE CHANGES
  2. 2. WTMMG
  3. 3. BOUNCING
  4. 4. LET IT OUT
  5. 5. QADIR
  6. 6. ALL THESE INSTRUMENTS
  7. 7. DRUM THING
  8. 8. VINCENT TYLER
  9. 9. CRUMPY
  10. 10. GODS DIRTY WORK
  11. 11. SEEING DOUBLE
  12. 12. WHOO
Album Notes

“his delicate guitar work and hazy harmonies make him a singular and vital presence in the genre. His 2014 EPs have been exercises in restraint, drenched in liquor and physicality.” – New York Times

“Nick Hakim makes soulful music that feels lovingly dreamy and hopelessly bleary at once… his layered vocals swim across each other and send shivers down your spine.” – NPR Music

“moody, gorgeous voice suits a sweaty summer night.” – New York Magazine

“Exceptional debut… emotionally rich and runs the gamut of R&B, jazz, folk and Motown, taking cues from greats like Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson” – Interview Magazine

“Nick Hakim’s music is an intimate conversation, vulnerable and bewitching–R&B born of the blues’ sensibility for soul-bearing.” – Pigeons & Planes

Confusion. Repetition. Musical hypnosis and drum patterns. Hope. Cities underwater. Kindness. The texture of a community. Care. For the last couple years this is some of what’s occupied Nick Hakim. The New York-based musician works out of a pleasantly cluttered loft studio in Ridgewood, and like so much of the city, it’s a neighborhood of deep history that’s in flux; if you spend even a little time there you might start to wonder about what the future holds, and what it means to be someone’s neighbor. Hakim’s been wondering about it, and his new album ‘WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD’ is something like a response.

In 2017, Hakim’s debut album, the critically acclaimed ‘Green Twins’, announced the singer-songwriter as an idiosyncratic talent, making music that resists genre classification. You could work a song of his into an HBO original series, as Insecure did; you could smoke to it and wonder about your ego; you could slow dance with the person you love-it’s not versatility, so much as a lack of boundaries and a strong sense of intuition. It drew on the music Hakim listened to growing up in Washington D.C. with his older brother and parents, who emigrated to the States from Peru: American soul music and political folk from South America; Go-go and hardcore.

‘WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD’ is a question Hakim has asked himself since he was young and struggling in school, when he was prescribed medication in an attempt to correct his wayward attention. It’s a question he still wonders about, and if the album sounds messy, it’s because there are no easy answers to its query. “I’m still trying to figure out what the record is about,” he says. One thing’s for certain though-it is a reflection of what’s happening in his head as he sorts through his life and the tumult around the globe that can’t help but seep in. ‘WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD’ articulates a sense of confusion alongside a desire for hope and clarity. Another bravura epic, “Bouncing” describes sleepless nights spent looking for some calm. “It’s such a dark climate these days,” Hakim says, “with what’s going on politically and how immigrants are being treated here in the US. The travel ban, the camps.”

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Nick Hakim

2017
Green Twins