Nick Marks – “Asymptomatrix”


The latest track from New York-based artist Nick Marks dazzles with an array of sounds — from brisk, futuristic synth tones to warming brass and excitably funk-laden rhythms. The production marks another eclectic success from the artist, who impressed in September with the Cinematic Chromatics Vol. I EP. The track’s aesthetic sits in the “new era jazz” classification, though is broad enough in its various injections for something well beyond — bridging nostalgia with cutting-edge, in the vein of Kamasi Washington.

A comforting symphonic glow becomes accompanied by spacey synths and escalating rhythms, setting a climactic stage from the get-go. Soaring tenor saxophone emerges seamlessly, with an effervescent burst preceding a sporadic, exciting impact just prior to the one-minute turn. The background shimmering combines with more loosely invigorating saxophone segments past the two-minute turn, driving into a delectable saxophone solo from Sam Dillon (Mingus Big Band, Birdland Big Band, Village Vanguard Orchestra). “Asymptomatrix” is another firm success from Nick Marks, exemplifying stylish sophistication and captivating musicianship.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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