Nick Hakim: “Roller Skates”

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

Nick Hakim makes funk music, but it’s more for the mind and heart than for the dancefloor. Like a lot of artists these days, he largely recorded Green Twins, his debut album, all by his lonesome, and it lends the record a real interior presence. Songs crawl and ooze, carried forward by Hakim’s incredibly moving voice and burned-out production choices. “Roller Skates” feels like a slow spin on the rink, taken early in the morning or late at night. But the cloudiness can’t mask everything: “Will you forgive me although I’ve forsaken / All of you?” he wonders. It may sound shadowy, but this song wears its heart on its ragged sleeves.

“Roller Skates” appears on Green Twins, out now via ATO.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Nick Hakim at ACL Fest 2017:

*Wednesday, Oct 11 // Live in KUTX’s Studio 1A // 7 p.m.

*Friday, Oct 13 // Antone’s (official ACL Late Night Show) // 9 p.m.

*Saturday, Oct 14 // Tito’s Stage // 4 p.m.

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