Marika Hackman returns with Covers a self-produced new 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. It features new interpretations of songs by Air, Alvvays, Beyonce, Edith Frost, Grimes, Elliott Smith, Muna, Radiohead, The Shins, and Sharon Van Etten.
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.”
Accompanying the news, Marika has shared her haunting version of Grimes’ single ‘Realiti’ plus details of a live stream with her full band that will take place on album release day. Tickets for the show will be available when fans pre-order the album.
“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 the 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 (including 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, Grimes and Elliott Smith. It’s a suitably varied collection, but Marika’s intimate delivery and soft, nuanced and atmospheric touch to production.”
1. You Never Wash Up After Yourself
2. Phantom Limb
3. Playground Love
5. Jupiter 4
6. Pink Light
7. Between The Bars
8. Temporary Loan
9. In Undertow
10. All Night
Photo Credit: Luka Booth