Nick Hakim will release his debut full-length album Green Twins on May 19 via ATO Records, 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.
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.”
Green Twins is out May 19 on ATO Records. Pre-order here.
Green Twins | Track Listing
01. Green Twins
02. Bet She Looks Like You
03. Roller Skates
04. Needy Bees
07. Miss Chew (feat. Jesse & Forever)
09. Those Days (feat. Onyx Collective)
11. The Want