Nick Hakim at Mercury Lounge
Opening for Nick Hakim on 20th January was artist Jake Sherman. His low, clear vocals paired with his love of all musical instruments filled the room with a vibrancy found in local jazz lounges. Sherman’s musical background of piano, organ, and a love of ragtime certainly set the stage for the mellow earthy tones of Nick Hakim.
The main act released his two-part album last year: Where Will We Go, Pt 1 and Pt 2. After listening to Sherman, the beats of Nick Hakim’s songs, Cold and I Don’t Know, is defined but his same smooth and airy vocals solidified a nice transition from the opener. Coming to us from DC, this singer-songwriter presents ballads that are layered with rich, yet washed-out timbre and deep lyrical resonance. Hakim has created a raw, alternative perspective on soul and blues that ignites an experience you may even enjoy with your eyes closed.
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Photos: Ken Arcara