Nick Marks orchestrates some pretty cool genre infusions. This cinematic jazztronica is what an open thought lab of art lovers would create. Nick has to be one of a kind, making the genre a unique dip of sub-genres that aren’t usually approached. The result is something worth experiencing, and enjoying. This is Cinematic Chromatics Vol. 1.
Prelude/Arc of Light opens this incredible EP. It is an intense flow of strings, something that boils down to some creative confluences-and then the percussion arrives. The audio explosion is enough to create enough joyful drama. You’ll feel like you’re listening to Snarky Puppy, if they advanced to this layered, fusion based approach. The shifts are sometimes abrupt, and capitalise on that creative change. Nick Marks is the kind of orchestrator that just starts playing with the band because he is enjoying it so much.
Parts within the intro showcase exactly how Nick likes to move the music around. Dorongo is the next track, and is your action layer woven within the song. The groove itself is tight enough for that kind of sequence. The synth effects keep the pulsating energy within, while providing some class A transitions and pockets.
The orchestral parts almost transport you, and before you realise it, you’re in the middle of the stage again. Nick Marks is making this his playground, and we’re just watching him parkour all around. Next comes Paradiso, and is all kinds of genres truly. You’ll find parts of funk, R&B, hip-hop and of course the core of jazz fusion. As far as instruments go, Nick’s vision is commendable and the way he takes control of the arrangement is worth experiencing.
The chorus that you hear in this song is addictive. Not only does Nick make a flawless transition to these catchy hooks, but leaves room for improvisation as well. You don’t feel like leaving this song, but let’s say you do-you have a treat waiting. The next single is called Ride the Dragon. Sounds like something Larnell Lewis and the Ghost Notes would put together. It is an exciting, active song with a lot happening in terms of arrangement layers. The sax solo is a highlight, and how you unravel in this origami art is what you’ll remember forever. It marks the end of an explosive EP, a story you feel lucky to have witnessed.
Nick Marks has taken you into a parallel universe, and you can enjoy your stay there any time. He is a brilliant composer and musician, and this kind of EP would be great in American Hustle (2013). With the exciting shift in tones and thrilling transitions, you can enjoy Nick’s composition with an undeniable passion. Listen to Between Gigs if you want to hear the passion going. Make sure you follow him for more music like this!