The beautiful darkness Marika Hackman continues to feed us with is something we never seem to get sick of. This time around she’s taken another incredible artist’s track and molded it into her own beautiful sound. “I Follow Rivers” may be normally known as an upbeat, pop track by Lykke Li , but this time around it’s got a very different twist. Miss Hackman has turned it into a gloomy yet gorgeous experience. Can we agree everything she touches turns to some twisted, mesmerizing masterpiece? Listen to the perfect cover below.
Daylight Saving time always sneaks up on me. Every year, twice a year, it sits there on my calendar, but it seems as though my eyes have trained themselves not to notice it. So I thank god every time it comes around that my mom still knows me well enough to know she needs to remind me. Sure, I have devices that automatically update themselves (though now I sometimes wonder why the heck my wall clock, microwave and stove wouldn’t know to update themselves…like come on, it’s 2014!…what?), but it’s still worth knowing that there’s going to be a significant change in your days.
Everybody always says the one in the spring time is better. Spring forward. The sun stays out longer. The warm weather is on its way. Yeah yeah, you lose an hour of sleep, BUT IT’S WORTH IT.
This year, I’m ready to spring forward. I’m ready for longer days, new beginnings, and refreshed motivation. I’m starting a new job and am excited about it.
This latest Listen While You Work playlist stands for finding your new beginnings. Seek motivation. Chase your passions. Work for a reason. Let this be your soundtrack.
When Arjun interviewed Marika Hackman, the first thing he said was “music can be simple and not basic.” You might have to think about that for a second, but it’s actually the perfect description of Marika Hackman’s music, or as much as we know of it at this point. Just yesterday we were given “Wolf,” the third track from Marika Hackman’s Sugar Blind EP out December 9th via Dirty Hit Records. The song itself, produced by Charlie Andrew (who also produced Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave), is quite simple. Nothing jumps out at you or seems unexpected. But it’s far from basic; beneath those beautiful vocals of Marika Hackman’s lies a rather dark story. Hit the jump for my best stab at the lyrics for this hauntingly beautiful single, “Wolf.”
Related: Read a Sunset in the Rearview interview with Marika Hackman and learn more about Hackman’s relationship with producer Charlie Andrew
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Music can be simple and not basic. That, to me, is what Marika Hackman represents. She takes simple ideas and expands them into almost-medieval folk tunes with the help of her producing partner Charlie Andrews, who recently produced Sunset favorite Alt-J‘s record An Awesome Wave. The two first partnered up on Marika’s debut mini-album That Iron Taste and look to continue their partnership with an upcoming follow-up EP. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the young singer-songwriter. Below we discuss her dream musician, her working relationship with Charlie, and how this was almost definitely her favorite interview ever. Also, I discover what “taking the piss” means.
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Marika Hackman has slowly taken over my iTunes. The Brit has definitely become one of my favorite female songwriters, along with her NZ counterpart Lorde. Well, talent apparently runs in her family. Her brother quite successfully tried his hand at remixing “Bath Is Black” from Marika’s mini-album That Iron Taste. Of course, he’s going by the name “Hackman,” so that’s a little bit confusing.
Compare to the original:
Marika Hackman makes tender, minimalist pop songs that both relax and challenge the listener. Her voice is unflinching and never strained. The production on her songs is lush and fully realized. Also, I have a crush on her face. I’m sorry if that makes all of the adjectives I used to describe her music weird now. “Bath Is Black” is the opening track from her debut album That Iron Taste.