Praise for Sivu
“Heartswelling acoustic dexterity and glittering atmospherics…irresistible” NME Radar
“Heavenly…like one-man Wild Beasts” Guardian
Praise for Marika Hackman
“Redefining folk Dazed & Confused
“The lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom” Nylon
Sivu and Marika Hackman have unveiled a unique collaboration ahead of their joint headline tour in December (as premiered on Noisey). The two artists have crafted a shared tape release, with each writing a song for the other to feature on. Now available as a free download, Sivu’s ‘I Hold’ will form the first half of the AA tape release which will be given away, along with the Hackman penned ‘Skin’, through Kissabilty as a free gift for fans attending the December shows.
These joint dates follow Sivu’s autumn tour with London Grammar and November’s acclaimed ‘I Lost Myself’; Hackman, meanwhile, releases her ‘Sugar Blind’ EP on December 9, after a summer spent supporting Laura Marling in Australia and Europe.
Produced by shared collaborator Charlie Andrew (Alt-J), ‘I Hold’ brings together two of the brightest new talents of the year in a sparse and evocative mix of electro beats, off-kilter guitar and intertwining vocal harmonies. It is the first time Sivu and Marika, long-time fans of each other’s work, have teamed up, but it may not be the last: the pair begin their UK dates in Brighton on December 10.
Sivu is currently recording his debut album, in the wake of a breakthrough twelve months. February’s ‘Better Man Than He’ and this summer’s ‘Bodies’ EP portrayed an immersive mix of introspective acoustics with glitchy electronics; as inspired by the lilting melodies of Frank Sinatra as the left-field pop of Beck. Songs were written amidst an adjustment period: Sivu moved to London, worked as an administrator for a bailiff company, and took up a permanent fixture in a call centre in Waterloo. Slowly, he began to build strange sounds and textures around these dark yet ultimately hopeful songs. Then the MRI-machine video for ‘Better Man Than He’ went viral, and people began to take notice…
Intrigue, meanwhile, is at the heart of Marika Hackman’s music, but there’s something gloriously attainable about her as an artist and her commitment to touring and meeting with a receptive audience who are searching for the very same antidotes to the challenges of modern life. ‘Sugar Blind’ marks a significant stride forward in Marika’s songwriting. From the swarming, psychedelic grit of lead track, “Cinnamon”, which Marika describes as about “the dumbing down of humanity”, to the earthy, intimate interpretation of Joanna Newsom’s “81”, each song pays testament to Marika’s rare talent.
Sivu and Marika Hackman will play the following shows together in December:
December 10 Brighton The Hope
December 11 London The Lexington
December 12 Cambridge Portland Arms
December 13 Manchester Gullivers
December 14 Bristol The Birdcage