'Intimacy' is an oft-used phrase in music criticism, yet context is rarely supplied.
It could be the odd breath in the vocal, or perhaps simply a stripped down recording technique.
Nick Hakim though, specialises in a certain type of intimacy. At times, you feel as though you're in the same room as the Brooklyn based artist, whose pensive, emotive songwriting lures you in and refuses to permit surrender.
Forthcoming EP 'Where Will We Go Part 2' promises to be something special, with the American artist placing new cut 'Lift Me Up' online now.
There are comparisons with James Blake to be made, with those gentle piano lines pitched against a hushed vocal. Each intake of breath seems to have been recorded, and you can almost imagine the rustle of mice in some dingy, basement studio.
Deeply atmospheric, you can listen to it below.