Discovery: Marika Hackman

This came across my “desk” today (well, I got to it today, anyway!) and I clicked on the link to the video then went about clearing out my inbox but as soon as she started singing I clicked back over to the YouTube tab and was mesmerized.

Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman

Meet Marika Hackman…

[press release]
There’s a violence to the countryside, encapsulated in the sumptuous prose of D.H Lawrence’s in which metaphors engorge and heighten into states of pure ecstasy. A fantastic and virulent strain of writing which, thanks to Marika Hackman, now exists in song. Double A-Side “You Come Down” and “Mountain Spines” produced by Johnny Flynn and Adam Beach from the Sussex Wit will be released September 3rd through Transgressive imprint paradYse (Theme Park, Cold Specks).

Marika’s music channels something very different to the happy-clappy nature of recent folk hers is a far more potent vision in the lineage of Syd Barrett, but presented by an enigmatic beauty with a striking vocal delivery more akin to that of Nico deftly exploring an unsmiling bereft landscape.

“I don’t know why I started writing; it’s something I’ve been playing around with since I was so young that I can’t remember how it began. I think living in the countryside for most of my life has affected my writing as nature usually manages to creep its way into my songs…”

With tours already in place with Benjamin Francis Leftwich, and new fans such as Zane Lowe proclaiming her his Next Hype, you can be sure that Marika Hackman will blossom into one of the most important creators and interpreters of song in our times.

Marika will be supporting Benjamin Francis Leftwich on the following dates:

1st: BRIGHTON, Concorde 2
2nd: BOURNEMOUTH, Old Fire Station
3rd: EXETER, The Phoenix
4th: FALMOUTH, Princess Pavillion
5th: SWANSEA, Sin City
6th: BRISTOL, O2 Academy
8th: OXFORD, Town Hall
9th: NEWCASTLE, Northumbria University
10th: EDINBURGH, Pleasance Theatre
11th: ABERDEEN, Lemon Tree
12th: INVERNESS, Ironworks
13th: GLASGOW, Oran Mor
15th: LEEDS, City Varieties
16th: SHEFFIELD, Plug
17th: BIRMINGHAM, Irish Centre
18th: CAMBRIDGE, Junction
19th: NORWICH, Waterfront
20th: NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
22nd: CARLISLE, Brickyard
23rd: LIVERPOOL, University (Stanley Theatre)
26th: STOKE, Sugarmill
27th: YORK, Duchess
29th: WREXHAM, Central Station
31st: GALWAY, Roisin Dubh (upstairs)

1st: CORK, Cyprus Avenue
2nd: BELFAST, Oh Yeah Music Centre/Limelight (two venues)
3rd: DUBLIN, Whelan’s

The songs aren’t out until September 3 (but that’s only 6 days away!) but here’s the [Amazon Link]

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