This song is very simple with twinkling synths and programmed beasts all underneath Hakim’s delicate voice. The blurb introduces Hakim to those of us who don’t know him:
Nick Hakim begins with a bit of a fake-out — languorous strings like something out of a Stars Of The Lid record rumble from a sampler, somber and hesitant. But as he begins to sing in a heartbroken falsetto, surrounded by optical fibers hanging from the ceiling of SXSW’s Optic Obscura installation by Raum Industries, the ambient intro morphs into a quiet, psychedelic croon.
“The Want” will appear on Hakim’s full-length debut, Green Twins, but for now, this solo version is only backed by Mellotron and the reverb’d rhythms of what sounds like a Casio preset. It’s soul music for outer-space, performed in a room that looks like outer-space.
This blurb makes this song sound a lot more trippy than it actually is. To me, the only psychedelic bit is one harp line. Otherwise it sounds like a very spare, echoing, simple song. The end does add some interesting layers of sound, but maybe the recorded version is more trippy.
[READ: June 1, 2016] The Good Neighbors: Kith
I didn’t really love book one in this series. I enjoyed the premise, but found the execution flawed–both in the “script” and to an extent in the drawings–there a bunch of characters who all look vaguely similar. But I did like it enough to want to read Book 2.
There’s a handy recap that catches us up.
Then we see Rue sad because of her sullen boyfriend who might be breaking up with her. But he’s a dick anyhow as are most of the characters, frankly.
About 30 pages in something interesting happens when they discover a knife in a tree. (more…)