Today, Marika Hackman releases Covers, a beautiful self-produced new album which showcases a more vulnerable side. Marika will be performing with her full band tonight in an abandoned swimming pool. Tickets for the show are available here - the show starts at 8.30pm GMT with a second stream at 9pm EST/6pm PT. Watch Playground Love below.
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.
Breathing new life into the songs she’s chosen, Marika reimagines work by some of the world's most beloved artists, such as Radiohead, Grimes, Beyonce and Elliott Smith. 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."
Tonight, Marika performs with her band from an empty swimming pool, playing new covers and old bangers. Don't miss out - get tickets here.