Second EP Sugar Blind (December 9, Dirty Hit) from Brighton-based Marika Hackman comes at the close of a promising and productive year for the 21-year-old Brit songstress. There was the well-received mini-album debut -- The Iron Taste -- that prompted comments like "the lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom" (NYLON). The opening tour slots in support of Ethan Johns and Laura Marling (with whom Hackman is often compared). The summer single -- "Bath Is Black" -- that took her music into new folk-tronica territory. What fortunately remains a constant is Hackman's special gift for what we've described as the "dark underside of mystery." Sugar Blind's lead track "Cinnamon" digs into what she describes as "the dumbing down of humanity" and is sung with Hackman's chilly, world-weary delivery that serves to underline the bleakness of her lyrics. The four-track EP, which includes a cover of Joanna Newsom's "81," was produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J) who also handled The Iron Taste and will take the studio reins for Hackmans full-length debut to be recorded in December. Click through below to stream (and watch) "Bath Is Black" and catch a live video of "Cinnamon."
Marika Hackman - "Cinnamon" (from Sugar Blind)
Marika Hackman - "Bath Is Black"