Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

No Sleep Till. Marika Hackman Finished Her New Album ; Staying Awake Was an Artistic Driver for the Acclaimed Budding Singer-Songwriter

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

No Sleep Till. Marika Hackman Finished Her New Album ; Staying Awake Was an Artistic Driver for the Acclaimed Budding Singer-Songwriter

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THE singer/ songwriter Marika Hackman can recall precisely the first moment she got bitten by the performance bug.

"It was for a big school performance," smiles the now 23-year- old, caught up in reminiscence.

"I had to get up on stage and perform one of my own songs.

"I can remember being petrified: my knees were knocking, my hands shaking, but I felt this amazing buzz.

"This mix of absolute fear and excitement. It's hard to describe."

Hackman's ambivalent relationship with the spotlight has continued into her adult life.

When the Hampshireraised songstress first emerged two years ago, widely feted as British music's next great acoustic-wielding heroine, she was written about as much for her fashion connections as her heart-stoppingly gorgeous electro-folk.

A childhood friend of British model and It Girl Du Jour, Cara Delevingne, (they both attended the same school), Hackman has also showcased her own fashionista credentials by appearing in a Burberry eyewear campaign back in 2013.

The fashion association has followed her around ever since, and she's keen to reject it.

"I was never a proper model," she protests.

"It was just this one shoot I did for Burberry.

"It was one long day of being prodded and preened.

"I felt completely out of place and awkward.

"As a musician, you want to be recognised for your talent, not for posing in front of cameras."

The fashion world's loss is the music industry's considerable gain.

Having already set hearts a flutter with her early EP releases, Hackman duly deepened our affections with last month's full-length debut effort, We Slept At Last, surely a standout contender for 2015's best album so far.

Produced with her long-time studio cohort Charlie Andrew (the man behind Alt-J's debut An Awesome Wave), it's an album of startling contrasts; harnessing electronica and folk, ancient and modern, to beguiling effect. …

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