Nick Hakim’s debut album Green Twins, following up on a pair of very well-received EPs, is the result of a stack of musical experience and a battalion of inventive production techniques. Consequently, each track on Green Twins is positively brimming over with pleasing little sonic details, making the soulful and funky songs that much sweeter. Out on ATO Records.
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Right, I've only got a few songs to go on but this is sounding gorgeous. Opener 'Green Twins' sounds like what I'd hoped the Thundercat album might sound more like. Aching, hazy jazz influenced songwriting that is one part Shuggie Otis and one part Portishead with stacked vocal harmonies reminiscent of Grizzly Bear . You can almost feel the LA heat haze on your back. He has a right soulful voice which is given chance to shine on 'Bet She Looks Like You' which has all the sweep of Marvin Gaye as produced by Phil Spector. 'Roller Skates' is also seemingly injected with some West Coast smog. Hakim smothers his vocals in enough affects to kill a horse but it doesn't sound out of place amongst the simple drum machine and guitar accompaniment.
Though there's hints of Unknown Mortal Orchestra is these soulful songs, Hakim sometimes sounds more like a 70's soul crooner dragged screaming into the modern age. The songs I've heard sound very promising indeed so unless the rest of it is improbably appalling it's getting an 8.
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