Dazed and Confused, probably the target market for Marika Hackman, described her as “Redefining folk”. Folk music has been through so many changes in recent years, with the likes of Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling et al now being firmly classed as folk it is pretty clear that the genre has warped away from its origins, to the extent that it’s not folk at all. It a challenge of modern music journalism to stop calling every song that is sparse and featuring a tambourine – folk music.
The lead track on the Hackman’s new EP, ‘Deep Green’ is testament to this. It is far from folk, in a good way. The track is brooding and builds emotion slowly as it develops, a trait of collaborator Johnny Flynn. It shows lyrical versatility and is brilliantly produced, although not containing the vibrancy of some of tracks on her first EP, ‘That Iron Taste’. Although, that is said without having heard the rest of ‘Deaf Heat’.
Check out the track on Soundcloud: Soundcloud http://soundcloud.com/marika-hackman/deep-green
‘Deaf Heat’ iTunes pre-order: http://smarturl.it/DeafHeat
It seems Hackman is resisting the temptation of being a derivative indie / ‘folk’ artist and instead is taking what has been done already and developing something new – like a true artist! Look out for the EP, the forthcoming album and spring 2014 tour dates (below).
Tuesday 11th – Glasgow – King Tuts
Wednesday 12th – Newcastle – Think Tank
Thursday 13th – Manchester – Soup Kitchen
Friday 14th – Sheffield – Harley
Sunday 16th – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
Monday 17th – Oxford – Cellar
Tuesday 18th – London – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen