Marika Hackman- ‘Bath is Black’

Marika Hackman is a young, Alternative Folk singer/songwriter/beauty from Brighton. After Marika’s song ‘Bath Is Black’ was premiered on Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’, Marika was caught in a storm of buzz around her music. The British beauty intrigued me with her atypical voice, with her move away from the chirpy nature that has come with recent folk music. Marika offered something new to my musical ears, through her dark folk voice, enhanced by her poetry lyrics. With already being compared to the likes of Laura Marling and Lucy Rose, Marika has already kicked off what is going to be an amazing music career.

Since I was a young girl, I have always been a huge folk fan. My parents gave me my musical love for folk, from when they would come home after work, go to their collection of CDs and play the likes of Leonard Cohen, The Waterboys, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Simon and Garfunkel. When I first heard Marika’s song ‘Mountain Spines’ in March, I knew she was ‘one to watch’. Marika offered something new to a heavily populated industry of folk and female singers, with her unique dark folk and grungy acoustic moods. My ears were taken away from the dystopia of winter and my freezing student house, into a folk haven. Then one day, I was sitting in my living room listening to Radio Six when I heard Marika’s song ‘Bath is Black’ from her forthcoming debut album, come onto the radio. My ears pricked and I felt a rush of excitement like a proud mother, hearing her daughter being played on the radio. I rushed to tell my housemates “Hey guys, this is the singer I’ve been telling you all about”.

If you want to give your ears a well-deserved holiday, listen to the beautiful voice of Marika Hackman.

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About Melanie Moran

I am a Comparative Literature and Film Studies student at Queen Mary, University of London. What I enjoy about my degree is pushing myself to work hard and immersing myself in writing, literature and exploring the rich cinematic world. Some of my favourite novels include, To Kill a Mocking Bird and The Great Gatsby. Cinematically, I love the works of Wes Anderson, Krzysztof Kieślowski and Ingmar Bergman (with Wild Strawberries being one of my favourite films). I am originally from Melbourne, Australia. I moved to Cambridge when I was twelve years old, and London when I was eighteen. I love living in one of the world’s greatest cities, and utilising all London has to offer. I can explore and enrich my passion for the theatre, cinema, literature, art, photography, architecture, fashion and music in London. London is the cultural capital, which has allowed creative individuals like myself to be inspired and thrive. I am extremely excited to showcase the vast and extensive talent the Swinging City has to offer. I know there are amazing unsigned talented individuals from seeing these gifted individuals with my own two eyes, and also from working with the Roundhouse Rising Festival. I worked alongside the Roundhouse in Camden, to showcase an amazing line-up of emerging music. I saw just how many brilliantly creative and talented people there are in London and across Britain. Alongside with ‘Born in Britain’, I want to help unearth some amazing talent London has to offer.

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