New Album Out 13th November via Transgressive/Sub Pop
Marika Hackman recently surprised fans with details of a new album, ‘Covers’, and shared her rendition of the beloved Grimes track “Realiti”. ‘Covers’ is a darkly beautiful, self-produced album which showcases a more vulnerable side, out 13th November via Transgressive in World-ex America and on Sub Pop in North and South America.
Today, Hackman unveils two more tracks from the album. First up is her gorgeous interpretation of Elliott Smith’s beloved ‘Between the Bars’. “I’ve been playing Between the Bars live for a while now, on the last few tours and in live streams. It’s been nice to play around with the arrangement, and I hope people enjoy what I’ve done with this recorded version,” offered Hackman about the track. In classic Marika style the opposing track couldn’t be more different – ‘All Night’ sees her tackling one of the standouts from Beyonce’s Grammy nominated ‘Lemonade’. Again, Hackman flips the song on its head. Joined by a choir of stacked vocal harmonies, Marika’s voice transcends to conjure a deep emotional resonance.
An utterly enchanting rendition, equally conveying the emotional values of the track as released by Elliot Smith. Marika’s stunning take is deeply captivating and haunts the audience.
During the extended lockdown period of the last few months, Marika felt that creating a covers record was a way of exploring new sound ideas and expressing herself without having the pressure of a blank page. She recorded and produced ‘Covers’ between home and her parents’ house, then got David Wrench to mix it. In contrast to her last two albums (2019’s ‘Any Human Friend’ & 2017’s ‘I’m Not Your Man’), this collection of songs is more akin in tone and feel to her debut ‘We Slept At Last’, with a darker and more introspective sound. On ‘Covers’, we hear Marika’s emotive voice set against sparse arrangements of guitars and strings with the occasional synth or scattered drum groove.
Breathing new life into the songs she’s chosen, Marika reimagines work by some of the world’s most beloved artists, such as Radiohead, Air, Sharon Van Etten and more. It’s a suitably varied collection, but Marika’s intimate delivery and soft, nuanced and atmospheric touch to production, thread them all together effortlessly.
Marika explains how she came to choose the material: “When it comes to covers, I like to pick songs which I have been listening to obsessively for a while. It gives me a natural understanding of the music, and lets me be more innovative with how I transform it.”
Adventurous and versatile, ‘Covers’ continues Marika’s lineage in turning each body of work into a new take and perspective on her creative vision. She twists and turns, always surprises, and is never afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve. It remains anyone’s guess to imagine where she will head next.
Marika also has shared further details of her live stream taking place in an abandoned swimming pool that will take place on album release day. Tickets for the show will be available when fans pre-order the album. It occurs on 13th November at 8.30pm GMT and 9pm EST/6pm PT.