Saturday, 2 March 2013

Marika Hackman @ The Louisiana, Bristol

If you cut me from the sky / could we make a pact to someday die. / And now my bones are hard and old / and the blood inside is cracked and cold.

Marika Hackman awed the Bristol crowd on the second night of her tour last night. Whilst Deep Valley were rocking it nearby at Thekla, a respectful audience congregated in the intimate upstairs space of The Louisiana. Foreign Affairs were an enjoyable support act with charismatic folk vibes and strong vocals.

The Louisiana is famed for having a brilliant acoustic so Hackman was able to display fully her incredible vocal control and effortless expression of haunting lyrics.

Oh, those lyrics. Such incredible combinations of words fill her beautiful and thoroughly considered melodies. It is clear that she is foremost a composer of melody, letting words follow each other afterwards in lines through the music. And the two are inseparable by the end.

Who holds the dice in their tight little hands? / I'm not a lier, a maker of plans. / Who will be lost when the bolt hits the land?

Coming from the understated 20-year old, it is haunting. I found myself thinking, 'Wow. What has this girl been through?'. She is modest ("I thought, like, ten people would turn up.") and cooly funny ("And yes. I did just say crikey."). Marika Hackman is undeniably the most authentic artist I have seen in a long time. It seems that after just a year with her music, it is she who holds the dice in her hands.


Foreign Affairs, The Louisiana | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 01/03/13

Marika Hackman, The Louisiana | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 01/03/13

Marika Hackman, The Louisiana | Photo: Rosie Pentreath 01/03/13

Read Beat Magazine's interview with Marika Hackman HERE.

Visit: marikahackman.com


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