Carried by the melody

Carried by the melody

Often simplistically described as thoroughly bleak and troubled, the force of Marika Hackman's songwriting instead lies in its ability to sustain the tension between light and dark elements by altering the meaning of a song through its melody. Her debut album We Slept At Last, released earlier in the year, was written intensively over a two-month period, in the aftermath of an emotionally challenging year. I spoke to the experimental folk musician about growth and the challenge of conjuring up songs out of nowhere.

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