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Introducing: Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman – By Owen Richards

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) on limited 7” and digital download. Marika will also be playing a single launch show on Tuesday, September 4th at London Servant Jazz Quarters. You can listen to ‘You Come Down’ at the bottom of the page.

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 Hackman will be playing the following shows:

4th London Servant Jazz Quarters (Single Launch)

Marika will be supporting Benjamin Francis Leftwich on the dates listed below:

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)
24th London KOKO
25th Manchester HMV Ritz
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

Marika Hackman – ‘You Come Down’


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