Previews / Reviews

Debut Album: Nick Hakim – Green Twins (2017/05/19) / New Track ‘Bet She Looks Like You ‘

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Nick Hakim will release his debut full-length album Green Twins via ATO Records on May 19, and the release will be preceded by a North American & European tour. The anticipated album follows his breakthrough Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II EPs that were self-released on his Earseed Records and praised by the New York Times, NPR Music and more. Green Twins is an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since. Intimate first single, “Bet She Looks Like You,” was recorded mostly in the New York-based singer-songwriter’s home bedroom, and was one of the first songs that saw Hakim embrace his new experimental way of songwriting and recording.

Each track on the album peels back a particular aspect of his life. He notes that, “a lot of it is what I was thinking in the moment, very specific songs… many of them are like self-portraits.“ He says of Green Twins, “I also felt the need to push my creativity in a different way than I had on the EPs.” The record draws from influences spanning Robert Wyatt, Marvin Gaye and Shuggie Otis to My Bloody Valentine. “We wanted to imagine what it would have sounded like if RZA had produced a Portishead album. We experimented with engineering techniques from Phil Spector and Al Green’s Back Up Train, drum programming from RZA and Outkast, and were listening to a lot of The Impressions, John Lennon, Wu-Tang, Madlib, and Screaming Jay Hawkins.”

The story of Green Twins truly began when, armed with the masters for his EPs, Hakim moved from Boston to Brooklyn, spending his time fleshing out unfinished ideas in his bedroom. He came up with lyrics on the spot, recording sketches and lyrics on voice memos and a four-track cassette recorder. From there, Green Twins came about as a sum of its parts: Hakim took the demo recordings to studios in New York City, Philadelphia and London, and built on them with engineers including Andrew Sarlo (bass, engineering, production), keeping the original essence of the songs intact. Sarlo notes that, “for other artists, a demo serves as a potential shape the song could form into. But for Nick, demos are more like creating a temple: a sanctuary that now we have to go into and somehow clean, furnish, and get ready for other people to experience the sermon in.”

Hakim’s debut comes as the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician. Hailing from Washington, D.C., he grew up in a musical household—his older brother introduced him to bands like Bad Brains and Nirvana, and his parents exposed him to Nueva canción—while he set out on his own to discover the DC music scene. He didn’t take an interest in learning an instrument until high school, when he taught himself to play the keys. After graduation, he moved to Boston to continue his study of music. In the time since moving to Brooklyn and setting to work for three years on Green Twins, he embraced the live circuit, both as a solo musician and with his band, whom he’s brought together from within his community in Boston and New York.

With Green Twins, Hakim plans to tour through the beginning of the year (see tour dates below), and hopes that folks will connect with the songs he’s written. “I think everybody feels insecure about certain things and everybody has lost people dear to them. I think I’m writing about common things that people feel,” he says. “I think I’m very grateful for anybody that’s listening or wants to be a part of my little world that I’ve created through song.” [Press Release via Bandcamp]

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Artist: Nick Hakim
Title of Debut Album: Green Twins
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Label: ATO Records

Track Listing:
1. Green Twins
2. Bet She Looks Like You
3. Roller Skates
4. Needy Bees
5. TYAF
6. Cuffed
7. Miss Chew (feat. Jesse & Forever)
8. Farmissplease
9. Those Days (feat. Onyx Collective)
10. Slowly
11. The Want
12. JP

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 19 The Dome – London, UK (Sold Out)
Apr 20 Le Pop Up du Label – Paris, FR
Apr 21 Brussels, BE – Chez PIAS
Apr 22 Studio 672 – Cologne, DE
Apr 23 Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
Apr 25 Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE
May 11 The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON
May 12 Bar Le Ritz PBD – Montréal, QC
May 13 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
May 14 Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
May 17 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
May 20 Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
Nov 7 The Lantern – Bristol
Nov 8 KOKO – London, UK
Nov 9 The Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
Nov 10 King Tut’s – Glasgow, UK
Nov 11 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK

Follow ‘Nick Hakim’ on:
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More ‘Nick Hakim’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Oct 27 – Listen: Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 + Pt. 2 [Full Album Streams]

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Debut Single: Midnight Sister – Leave You [Official Video]

:: Good vibes for a cloudy day.


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Artist: Midnight Sister
Title of Album: Leave You
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Label: Jagjaguwa

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New Album: Cody Chesnutt – My Love Divine Degree (2017/06/02)

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Artist: Cody Chesnutt
Title of Album: My Love Divine Degree
Release Date: June 02, 2017
Label: One Little Indian Records

Track Listing:
1 Anything Can Happen
2 Africa the Future
3 She Ran Away
4 Bullets in the Street and Blood (feat. Raphael Saadiq)
5 So Sad to See (A Lost Generation)
6 Always Sebrena
7 Make a Better Man
8 I Stay Ready
9 Image of Love
10 It’s in the Love
11 This Green Leaf
12 Peace (Side-By-Side)
13 Shine on the Mic
14 Have You Heard Anything from the Lord Today

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 18 // Tavastia Klubi // Helsinki, Finland
May 20 // Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway
May 21 // Studion På Kulturhuset Stadsteatern // Stockholm, Sweden
May 23 // Häkken // Hamburg
May 25 // People’s Place // Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 27 // Point Ephémère // Paris, France
May 29 // Mill // München

Follow ‘Cody Chesnutt’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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More ‘Cody Chesnutt’ on MusicPickings:
2012, Nov 03 – That’s Still Mama / New Album ‘Landing On A Hundred’

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Debut Album: Harriet Brown – Contact

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Ascending from Los Angeles by way of the Bay Area, artist, writer and producer Harriet Brown is back to deliver his debut album, Contact, the follow-up to his 2014 EP, New Era. Composed, arranged, co-produced and performed by your very own himself, Contact is a concept album about communication and the contact we purposely, accidentally and inherently struggle to make between friends, lovers and strangers, be them human or otherwise. And when it comes to the live show, Harriet Brown will stun you. It’s an all-in-one package deal with sensual vocals, live loops, groovin’ drum machines, manic guitar lines and thick synths, all at the hands of one being. It’s no secret that this multi-instrumentalist and producer is influenced sonically and ethically by The Artist himself. And If Prince is his king, Sade is his queen, as they reside over an ever expanding court of every genre that falls in between. Harriet Brown’s sound is not what you’d expect from a one man band – sexual and sensitive, ambiguous and androgynous, prepare to be paralyzed by the sounds of Harriet Brown.

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Artist: Harriet Brown
Title of Album: Contact
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Label: Innovative Leisure

Track Listing:
1 Intro
2 ESP
3 Paralyzed
4 Cybernetiplegia
5 Contact
6 Mother
7 Obsession
8 Cryptid
9 Atlantis
10 Outro (Athanasi)
11 In My Head

Follow ‘Harriet Brown’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | SoundCloud | Bandcamp

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New Album: Arca – Arca / New Track ‘Desafío’

:: Amaze.


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Artist: Arca
Title of Album: Arca
Release Date: April 07, 2017
Label: XL Recordings

Track Listing:
1 Piel
2 Anoche
3 Saunter
4 Urchin
5 Reverie
6 Castration
7 Sin Rumbo
8 Coraje
9 Whip
10 Desafío
11 Fugaces
12 Miel
13 Child

Follow ‘Arca’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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Low Roar – Give Me An Answer / New Album ‘Once In A Long, Long While…’

:: Absolutely in love with this awesome music!

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Artist: Low Roar
Title of Album: Once In A Long, Long While…
Release Date: April 14, 2017
Label: Nevado Music

Track Listing:
1. Don’t Be So Serious
2. Bones (feat. Jófriður)
3. St. Eriksplan
4. Give Me An Answer
5. Waiting (10 Years)
6. Without You
7. Gosia
8. Once In A Long, Long While
9. Crawl Back 10. Poznan’
11. Miserably
12. 13
13. I Won’t Be Long

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 20 // Biltmore Cabaret // Vancouver, BC, Canada
Apr 21 // The Crocodile // Seattle, WA, US
Apr 22 // Doug Fir Lounge // Portland, OR, US
Apr 24 // The Independent // San Francisco, CA, US
Apr 25 // The Independent // San Francisco, CA, US
Apr 26 // The Roxy Theatre // West Hollywood, CA, US
Apr 27 // The Casbah // San Diego, CA, US
Apr 28 // Valley Bar // Phoenix AZ, US
Apr 29 // Lowbrow Palace//  El Paso TX, US

Follow ‘Low Roar’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

Follow ‘Low Roar’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jul 13 – New Album: 0 (2014/07/08) [Full Album Stream] / New Track ‘Vampire On My Fridge’

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New Album: Little Dragon – Season High // New Track ‘Sweet’

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Artist: Little Dragon
Title of Album: Season High
Release Date: April 14, 2017
Label: Loma Vista

Track Listing:
1 Celebrate (feat. Agge)
2 High
3 The Pop Life
4 Sweet
5 Butterflies
6 Should I Little
7 Don’t Cry
8 Strobe Light
9 Push
10 Gravity

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 14 // Coachella // Indio, CA
Apr 16 // The Observatory North Park // San Diego, CA
Apr 18 // The Observatory (w/Goldlink) // Santa Ana, CA
Apr 20 // The Roxy Theatre // West Hollywood, CA
Apr 21 // Coachella Indio, CA Tickets & More
Apr 22 // Santa Barbara Bowl (w/Glass Animals) Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 23 // Livewire // Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 25 // Majestic Theatre (w/Goldlink) // Dallas, TX
Apr 26 // Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater (w/Goldlink) // Austin, TX
Apr 27 // White Oak Music Hall (w/Goldlink) // Houston, TX
Apr 29 // Granada Theatre // Lawrence, KS
Apr 30 // The Pageant (w/Goldlink) // Saint Louis, MO
May 02 // Newport Music Hall (w/Goldlink) // Columbus, OH
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Little Dragon’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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More ‘Little Dragon’ on Music Pickings:
2014, May 13 – New Track: Paris / New Album ‘Nabuma Rubberband’
2014, Feb 15– New Album: Nabuma Rubberband (2014/05/13) / First Single ‘Klapp Klapp’
2012, Jul 05 – New Single: Sunshine
2011, Sep 19 – Little Dragon European tour dates
2011, Sep 09 – Seconds (Syd the Kyd Remix)

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