New folk artist Marika Hackman is due to release her double A-side single on September 3 through Transgressive Records’ imprint ParadYse. The single will be available as a digital download and on limited 7″.
With breathtaking lyrics and melodic peaceful vocals, she has already been claimed by Zane Lowe as his ‘next hype’ and has tours in place with Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Marika Hackman is the folk scene’s next big thing.
The double A-side will consist of You Come Down and Mountain Spines. You Come Down is the epitome of folk music. With many references to nature, Marika captures the true essence of what folk music is about. Her angelic vocals mixed with the dramatic music makes the perfect combination and has a strong reminiscent tone. You will feel like you’re in a fairy land when you’ve listened to it. There is nothing to fault.
Mountain Spines is different in every respect to You Come Down which is refreshing. With less dramatic music and more harmonies and distinct levels to it, Mountain Spines will make you shiver as her angelic yet effortless voice runs through your ears. Both these songs show Marika’s potential as a successful yet under-appreciated folk artist. Under-appreciated in a good way. She will remain that small secret which is what makes her so great. This isn’t for the mainstream music industry.
Lyrically, Marika Hackman is complicated. Her lyrics will have you bemusing for hours just trying to figure out the story to the song. She doesn’t make anything easy for the listener which is what makes her so intriguing and deep. This is true folk music, something which is hard to come by now.
Marika Hackman will be playing a launch show on Tuesday September 4 at London Servant Jazz Quarters. The tour dates where Marika will be supporting Benjamin Francis Leftwich are 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