ALBUM REVIEW: Marika Hackman – Big Sigh | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Chrysalis Records

Released: 12.01.24

 

 

 

 

 

Deceptively experimental, Marika Hackman’s Big Sigh opens with a crescendo building mantra in The Ground, launching into an uptempo memorandum delivering reminders on self improvement and how to live life without caffeine or other such hang-ups, like the panic attack one tries to avoid that niggles, adding to a perpetually growing list.

The Hanging is strikingly intimate, exposing a visceral naked heart; contradictory, stark and fulsome. Vitamins is an intriguing sonic exploration with further personal indignation, broadcasting in whispers and self-criticism that sits within a remarkable set of undulating and percussive bricks being laid aside and baring a statically-infused core. It’s a secluded human album of personal tunes that marks a further step along for a remarkable talent.

 

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