Today, Nick Hakim and Roy Nathanson release their collaborative album Small Things. Executive-produced by Isaiah Barr of Onyx Collective, the album sees two artists who are staples in the Onyx Collective universe join forces. The creative process behind the record was an organic one: Hakim read some of Nathanson’s poetry which in turn inspired several chords that became the foundation of Small Things. Nathanson puts it best: “it seems we were lucky. Looks like we got ourselves on the moon the old fashioned way.” The album is the debut release on Onyx’s new label, NYXO, and is preceded by the release of lead single and video “Moonman.”
Speaking on how the collaboration came to be, Nathanson says: “Over these last few years I’d been a guest in projects with my wonderful former student (and person) and the great young band, Onyx Collective that he co-founded with the wonderful drummer (and person) Austin Williamson. So anyway, I met Nick doing one of these concerts. Nick sang one of my poems at the gig and afterwards said he wanted to come by my house and sing some of my other poems.
Then long story shortish, Nick finally came by my house in Flatbush and we went down to my fusty old basement and I handed him some poems from my new book. And just like that, Nick just stood behind my old fender Rhodes played the chords for ‘Moonman’ and ‘New Guy to Look At’ and I played along and that was that. Of course we spent the next almost year working out the arrangements re-recording and doing the work that you do but that’s was really that.”
Coinciding with the album announcement, Hakim and Nathanson are also sharing the album’s lead single and video, “Moonman.” Directed by Onyx Collective’s Mike Swoop, the video is a fitting introduction into the Small Things universe, with the pair living out the song’s name and traveling to the moon in search of their album.
Small Things arrives after Nick Hakim’s critically acclaimed album WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD, which Rolling Stone described as a “brilliant collection that expands the horizons of the already dexterous approach to psychedelic soul,” and follows Roy Nathanson’s collaboration with Onyx Collective, “Falling In Love,” on their latest album Manhattan Special.