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Marika Hackman has unveiled another cut from her forthcoming debut album, ‘We Slept At Last’. 

“Skin” is a collaboration between Marika Hackman and London-based singer Sivu. The song was written by Hackman as a duet for the two artists after she was asked by Sivu to sing on one of his own tracks.

The song was distributed for free on cassette tapes as a Christmas Present to fans on Marika’s Tour at the end of 2013, and was released digitally through SoundCloud a few months later. Lyrically, the song is archetypal Marika Hackman, with disturbing anatomical descriptions and beguiling imagery of love.

Out 16th February, ‘Skin’ links up with ‘Before I Sleep’, ‘Drown’, ‘Ophelia’ and ‘Open Wide’ in previewing the record, which comes produced by Charlie Andrew and follows two EPs. She also managed to become a werewolf and eat Laura Marling – that too.  Having already released three stunning EPs, and now she’s readying the release of her debut album, “We Slept At Last”. presenting the premiere of a new track, Skin, the fourth to be unveiled from the album.

The gentle folk tune is a haunting peek into We Slept At Last. The intimacy of Hackman’s words are matched by equally intimate instrumentation, delicate guitar and brooding textures. It’s the most gentle song to come from the album so far and follows the profound Animal Fear, which has been picking up spins

“Skin is, in essence, a love song, although I’m loathe to describe anything I write in that way,” Hackman said of the song’s theme. “I knew it was going to be a duet before I wrote it and it’s the imagined conversation between myself and the object of my desires, then coming to the conclusion that I’m not capable of loving so freely any more, and feeling completely isolated. Chirpy stuff.”

She added that it will act as a kind of “interlude” on the forthcoming the album, which she describes as sonically diverse. “I was worried that it might stick out like a sore thumb but actually I think the record is so diverse anyway that it doesn’t come across like that,” said Hackman. “I love that fact that we lifted lots of the instrumental lines straight off the demo, which I recorded in my bedroom at my parents house, so it feels even more personal in that sense.” The album was crafted with producer Charlie Andrew, who worked on Alt-Js An Awesome Wave and the follow-up This Is All Yours, and also produced Matt Corby‘s Resolution.

Alongside the album, Hackman has compiled a 28-page art book with photographer Glen Erler. She’ll be exhibiting those photos as well as debuting the album live in full at Camden’s Cob Gallery. The debut album by the 22-year-old Brit is due to be released on Friday, 13th February via Sony.

Marika Hackman heads out on tour from late March, beginning in Leicester on 23rd March, and carrying on until 15th April in Southampton.

23 Leicester The Musician
24 Hull Adelphi
25 Stoke Sugarmill
26 Birmingham The Rainbow
28 Nottingham Bodega
30 Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
31 London Bush Hall

1 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
2 Newcastle Think Tank
3 York Duchess
4 Manchester Night and Day
5 Glasgow King Tuts
9 Bristol Thekla
10 Cardiff St John’s Church
11 Aldershot West End Centre
12 Bedford Esquires
14 Cambridge Portland Arms
15 Southampton Joiners


Sivu releases his new song “The Nile,” which features singer songwriter Rae Morris.

“The Nile” was produced by Charlie Andrew (who produced Alt-J’s debut album) and was written, “about watching someone close to you slowly pass away.” It’s the first new music from Sivu since his debut album “Something on High”, and it’s an emotional slow-burner that benefits from the interplay between Rae Morris and Sivu in the second half.