Debut Album

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

:: Whoop Whoop!


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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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Listen: Júníus Meyvant – Color Decay

:: Floating Harmonies!


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Júníus Meyvant is the artist name of Vestmann Islands born singer-songwriter Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson. As a young boy he was an eccentric to a small degree and he only loved two things, skateboarding and painting. Every now and then he asked the Muses if he should learn to play an instrument but his wild and free behavior terminated his dreams as he was quickly suspended out of music school. All through his teens he rambled on without even considering becoming a musician or even playing any instrument.

In his early twenties Unnar stumbled upon a beat up guitar at his parents’ house and started noodling around. By playing the guitar he managed to tame his inner beast and his sense for songs and melodies burst like rockets. The uncontrollable urge for writing music and constant flow of ideas kept him tossing and turning every night and day forever and a day. For a while he filtered his ideas through a band that didn’t live up to his creative requirements so he decided to undertake his alter ego Júníus Meyvant.

The sound of Júníus Meyvant is a rich and afflicted take on freaky folk pop with a familiar and soulful feel. The feeling you get from listening to Júníus equally as comfortable as resting under a thick wool blanket with a hot cup of cocoa in or even when one settles with an exotic beverage on a hot sandy beach far and away. [Press release via Facebook]

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Artist: Júníus Meyvant
Title of Debut Album: Floating Harmonies
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Label: Record Records

Tracklist:
1. Be a Man
2. Beat Silent Need
3. Color Decay
4. Neon Experience
5. Domestic Grace Man
6. Hailslide
7. Mighty Backbone
8. Gold Laces
9. Signals
10. Manos
11. Pearl in Sandbox
12. Floating Harmonies

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 13 // Mascotte // Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 14 // Le Romandie // Lausanne, Switzerland
Feb 15 // GéNéRiQ Festival // Besancon, France
Feb 16 // GéNéRiQ Festival // Dijon, France
Mar 24 // Bæjarbíó // Hafnarfjarðarkaupstaður, Iceland
Aug 11 // Airport Piestany // Piešťany, Slovakia
Aug 18 // C/o Pop Festival // Köln, Germany
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Júníus Meyvant’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Debut Album: Syd – Fin (2017/02/03) [Full Album Stream]

:: Ready for The Internet Syd’s album, Fin!


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Artist: Syd
Title of Debut Album: Fin
Release Date: February 03, 2017
Label: Columbia Records

Track Listing:
1 Explicit Shake Em Off
2 Know
3 No Complaints
4 Nothin to Somethin
5 All About Me
6 Smile More
7 Got Her Own
8 Drown in It
9 Body
10 Dollar Bills
11 Over (feat. 6LACK)
12 Insecurities


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Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Instagram

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Debut Album: Charlie Cunningham – Lines (2017/01/27) / New Track ‘Minimum’

:: I adore his sound!


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Artist: Charlie Cunningham
Title of Album: Lines
Release Date: January 27, 2017
Label: Dumont Dumont

Track Listing:
1 An Opening
2 I Can Be
3 Born
4 Lines
5 Lights Off
6 Minimum
7 Answers
8 How Much
9 Breather
10 Molino
11 You Sigh
12 While You Are Young

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 07 // Sneaky Pete’s. // Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Feb 10 // Woodlands Centre // Isle Of Lewis, United Kingdom
Feb 11 // The Tooth and Claw // Inverness, United Kingdom
Feb 13 // The Tunnels // Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Feb 15 // CATHEDRALE SAINT JEAN // Besancon, France
Feb 23 // Union Chapel // London, United Kingdom
Mar 22 // Trois Baudets // Paris, France
Mar 24 // Schloss Landestrost // Neustadt Am Rübenberge, Germany
Mar 25 // Konzerthaus Dortmund // Dortmund, Germany
Mar 26 // Kampnagel // Hamburg, Germany
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Charlie Cunningham’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | SoundcloudBandcamp | Youtube | Instagram

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More ‘Charlie Cunningham’ on Music Pickings:
2015, May 11 – New EP: Breather (2015/03/09) [Full EP Stream]
2014, Nov 18 − Debut EP: Outside Things (2014/11/17) [Full EP Stream]

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Debut Album: Lance Skiiiwalker – Introverted Intuition / New Track ‘Lover’s Lane’

:: Oh yeah. I’m gonna love this album. Hit play!

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Cover Art:
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Artist: Lance Skiiiwalker
Title of Album: Introverted Intuition
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Label: TDE

Tracklist:
1 Forbidden Fruit
2 ((Ni)) Radio
3 Could It Be
4 Speed
5 Stockholm (feat. Michael Anthony)
6 Sound
7 All Stops
8 Skit / Her Song
9 Attraction
10 Toaster (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
11 Advantage
12 Lover’s Lane
13 Reality

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Debut Album: Pavo Pavo – Young Narrator In The Breakers (2016/11/11)

:: Bittersweet.


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The lineup: Eliza Bagg (violin, synthesizers, vocals), Oliver Hill (guitars, synthesizers, vocals), Nolan Green (guitars, vocals), Austin Vaughn (drums), Ian Romer (bass).

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Artist: Pavo Pavo
Title of Debut Album: Young Narrator In The Breakers
Release Date: November 11, 2016
Label: Bella Union

Tracklist: 
1 Ran Ran Run
2 Annie Hall
3 Ruby (Let’s Buy the Bike)
4 Wiserway
5 A Quiet Time With Spaceman Sputz
6 Somewhere In Iowa
7 Belle of the Ball
8 The Aquarium
9 No Mind
10 John (A Little Time)
11 Young Narrator in the Breakers
12 2020, We’ll Have Nothing Going On

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Debut Album: Honne – Warm On a Cold Night / Official Video ‘Coastal Love’

:: 100% Love

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Artist: Honne
Title of Debut Album: Warm On a Cold Night
Release Date: Juli 22, 2016
Label: Tatemae Recordings

Tracklist:
1 Warm On a Cold Night
2 Til the Evening
3 Someone That Loves You (HONNE & Izzy Bizu)
4 All In the Value
5 Treat You Right
6 Out of My Control
7 Coastal Love
8 Explicit It Ain’t Wrong Loving You
9 The Night
10 Good Together
11 One At a Time Please
12 FHKD
13 Take You High
14 Baby You’re Bad
15 Gone Are the Days
16 3am

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Aug 15 // Webster Hall // New York, NY, US
Aug 18 // 2016 FM4 Frequency Festival 2016 // St Pölten, Austria
Aug 19 // Artlake Festival 2016 // Lichterfeld, Germany
Aug 20 // MS Dockville Festival 2016 // Hamburg, Germany
Aug 26 // Leeds Festival 2016 // Wetherby, UK
Sep 02 // Soundrive Festival 2016 // Sopot, Poland
Sep 28 — Oct 01 // 3. Way Back When Festival 2016 // Dortmund, Germany
Sep 30— Oct 02 // Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 // Austin, TX, US
Oct 03 // Aisle 5 // Atlanta, GA, US Tickets
Oct 04 // Cat’s Cradle Back Room // Carrboro, NC, US

Follow ‘Honne’ on:
Official WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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More ‘Honne’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Dec 21 – New Album: Gone are the Days (2016/01/22)
2015, Mar 22 – New EP: Coastal Love (2015/05/04) / Track ‘All In The Value’ [Free Download]

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