Marika Hackman

This 22-year-old singer songwriter creates unfettered acoustica: pure, simple and effortlessly enchanting. Like Warpaint meets First Aid Kit, she blends classic folk with dark, anthemic indie.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 22 Dec 2014
  • min read
Who? Marika Louise Hackman

What? This 22-year-old musician creates unfettered acoustica: pure, simple and effortlessly enchanting.

From where? Devon and Hampshire, with Finnish roots.

What’s the story? Marika’s sparse constructs flirt round the poppier edges of folk, drawing comparisons to the emotional threads of Bon Iver and the crystalline vocal hooks of Warpaint.

While most of her music is guitar and vocal led, her live band includes Alfie Johnson (cellist) and Flo Robson (backing vocals) - and she’s been known to grab everything from accordion to spoons to enhance her sounds.

Since releasing the Johnny Flynn-produced debut single You Come Down in 2012, Marika has steadily drawn attention from tastemakers including Tom Ravenscroft, BBC Introducing and Zane Lowe.

Follow-up releases, including the shimmering Sugar Blind, pop noir EP Deaf Heat and recent single Drown, have further upped the ante.

She’s now tipped for big things in 2015, and with a slot on the Xfm alldayer in London on 24 January, and her debut album, We Slept at Last, slated for release on 16 February, it looks like we’ll be hearing a lot more from Marika in the months to come…

Sounds like? Warpaint meets First Aid Kit.

Predicted to? Lead the charge across BBC Introducing festival stages next year.

Must hear? The skipping beats and sugar spun melodies of Bath is Black.