Nick Hakim Announces New Album

Nick Hakim returns to officially announce his forthcoming album Cometa, out on October 21st. Coinciding with the album announcement, Hakim also shares the album’s lead single and video, “Happen”, which includes contributions from Alex G on piano and Abe Rounds on drums. Directed by Johan Carlsson and shot in Sweden at Roy Andersson’s Studio 24 (home to acclaimed arthouse films such as A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting Existence, You, the Living, and Songs From the Second Floor), the visual was built around the concept of “sonder,” the profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passing in the street, has a life with experiences and emotions as vivid and complex as one’s own. Hence the idea, “Happen” sees a slow motion one-shot as the focus pans to various people sharing a train car.

“The idea for the video is very simple, we see people on a subway, all busy with their different lives, some are in great spirits and some in deep thoughts maybe because of trouble at work or in their personal life. Sometimes when you’re in a public space you’re not interested in your fellow human beings at all and sometimes looking at them is so interesting that you can’t stop,” says Carlsson speaking on the video’s background. “I hope this video can be an example of when people are interesting to look at, in a way that helps you reflect on your own life. I think Nick’s music is fantastic and has a cinematic and visual quality I hope comes through in the video,” he adds.