Video: Nick Hakim – Roller Skates

Nick Hakim will release his debut full length album Green Twins on May 19 via ATO Records, and is set to head out on tour this month, including an album release show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on May 17. The New York-based musician just released a psychedelic new animated video directed by Micah Buzan for the latest single from the album, Roller Skates.

“This song’s first verse is about a night when I got really stoned at my friend’s house and forgot to meet up with my partner,” say Hakim. “It was pouring rain outside and when I realized I was late, I biked through Bedstuy as fast as I could through the rain to find her but she was gone… the second verse is about patching it up, not leaving her house for a couple days. It’s a love song.”

For the video, Buzan notes, “I wanted to tell a simple story about lonely characters who all desire something they can’t seem to get – be it love, a stuffed animal, or the ability to skate well. I also tried to make it kind of funny how their expectations don’t live up to reality. In the end, rollerskating unites all the characters as they join together in the roller rink. We might feel alone, but we’re all in this life experiment together.’”

The album Green Twins is out 19 May on ATO Records, and is the highly anticipated follow up to Hakim’s breakthrough Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II EPs. The new album is an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since. He also notes, “I felt the need to push my creativity in a different way than I had on the EPs.” Hakim continues, “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.

Beach Fossils – Down the Line

New York-based trio Beach Fossils release their new album, Somersault, on June 2 via Bayonet Records. Following the previously-shared Somersault tracks, This Year and Saint Ivy, comes another song from the album, titled Down the Line, with a video directed by frontman Dustin Payseur.

The song is paired with a video directed by Payseur and features the members of Beach Fossils exploring New York City after hours. Shots of McGolrick Park, the Williamsburg Bridge, the JMZ line and the sunrise loom large. The Down The Line video mirrors the band’s previous video for Saint Ivy, which pays homage to New York City artists. Somersault captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience.

Beach Fossils are also encouraging fans to donate to two arts programs that are facing funding cuts due to the Trump administration, the National Endowment for the Arts (donate here) and Center for Arts Education NYC (donate here). A previous press release stated: “They want to make sure this video is a platform for people to be informed about the ability to speak out against the defunding of these programs, as well as collect any possible donations for their programs.”

Beach Fossils’ new album Somersault is out June 2 on Bayonet Records. Pre-order here.