On his self-produced, self-performed album, Transit, Nick Alt uses an actual LinnDrum, layered organic synths, and sly vocal hooks. The album's consistent quirkiness draws the connection between 80's synth-funk remnants and sparks of futuristic lyrical backdrops. Inspiration for the album's unconventional thematic elements stems from Alt's own interest in classic novels Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World; Transit's cuts serve as candidates for the hypothetical soundtracks. Nick Alt's vocals remain smoothly layered in contrast to the rawer elements of the arrangements.
From the Press:
NEW ARTIST EXPLORES SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION THROUGH "NEOFUNK"
A soulful hybrid of eclectic sound mixed with electronic beats, rhythmic ballads and a flair for stop-and-go melody, Nick Alt's new album Transit breaks ground on neo-funk.
Where form meets function - "Transit" fuses new age funk and r&b. Embodying an air of spiritual discovery, the musical journey takes you on a phantasmagoric ride; each track molds a mysterious and energetic frenzy into a systematic soulful sound that makes love to your eardrums.
The album's opener "Rewind" mixes a jazzy 80's drum machine with 70's pop sensibilities, and a sly vocal hook. "Blue Machine" grooves a multitude of funk with an off-meter kick-drum, punchy acoustic guitar, quirky synthetic lead lines and cocky layered vocals. Alt's lyrics touch upon a variety of boy-girl relationship issues but with interesting sparks of futurism and spirituality. Stylistically peculiar, Alt's vocals maintain smooth comfort and a soothing quality. Other standout tracks include "Insane," "Confession" and "The Voice."
As artist and producer, Nick Alt fuses together addictive melodies with blazing originality, drawing upon the influences of unconventional artists who have built careers on their naturally unnatural sounds: Miles' 70's jazz-fusion, Prince's 80's pop melodies, and today's Timbaland- meets-Neptunes production - it's all here.
If funk is undefined, this is a new stab at its definition. If music is the universal language, "Transit" is a stern inflection of its voice. Nick Alt's movement has begun. If you're not a fan now, take the journey and you soon could be. - Robert Mayhem - Former Vibe Music Critic