Alternative rocker, The Afro Nick, is releasing his latest album Make It: Live in NYC, also available on DVD filmed with Hollywood vintage to trippy psychedelic ambiance. Lead guitarist, singer and songwriter The Afro Nick, performs 11 original songs Live in NYC, with a music video at the end.
Opening with “Free Like Me,” Nick gets the crowd pumping with this rock-anthem single providing an outlet for expressing a desire to be free. Despite his laid back persona, the Afro Nick is anything but. He strums his guitar with a fervor that is repeated throughout the DVD. “Like Movie Stars” is a fun loving song with backup singer Britanny Foushee that is upbeat, foot stomping and a great party song. Opening for his third song with Woodstock-esque guitar beats, the Afro Nick performs “You & Me,” strumming like it was nineteen sixty-nine.
“Don’t Waste My Time,” spotlights one of his intricate and well-played guitar solos with crowd participation. He executes the guitar riffs perfectly. He starts out timidly but breaks out with increasing momentum with his trusty side kick, his Fender, injected with soulful beats from backup vocalist Tamish Bates. It is a tempo full of swagger, and quite honestly just catchy.
Hoping to flirt with his island roots, the Afro Nick plays “Sunny,” channeling better days. It is a song injected with acoustic elements. The track, however, that brings a refreshing splash on an otherwise rock-filled DVD is “Dream,” a mellow rumination, a lullaby effortlessly constructed, revealing the guitarist’s softer side. The polar opposite of “Dream,” is the title track “Make It,” a guitar punching, club waving battle hymn. The Afro Nick pushes the boundaries of disorganized chaos and channels it into galloping rhythms surprising from an artist of this caliber. Yet nothing is as impressive as “Lazy Like Crazy” – maybe his gold top Gibson. It’s an impressive downward guitar riff that sticks to the listeners. It’s obvious his exotic upbringings in “Wake Up and Smile,” his first composition, with tunes beautifully textured and reminiscent of far away dreamscapes and shimmering sand dunes. It is by far the most eclectic of all his songs, eccentrically played on his 12-string vintage guitar.
The DVD ends with a music video produced for his track “Same Way You Do”, which includes scenes of life and romance in the streets of New York City. At the end of each chorus, the rhythm reverses and hits the listeners unexpectedly with shimmering harmonies surprisingly raw and stark for music aficionados.
While listening to the studio version of “Don’t Waste My Time” at theAfroNick.com, it is apparent that this emerging artist will become a crucial and dynamic participant on the musical stage.