Marika Hackman Announces Big Sigh LP

Marika Hackman announces new album Big Sigh
Marika Hackman announces new album Big Sigh

Marika Hackman, recently shared new single “No Caffeine.” Today the UK multi-artist and producer announces her fourth studio album Big Sigh, to be released on January 12th via Chrysalis Records.

Big Sigh, her first album in four years, is the “hardest record” Marika has ever made and is, as its title suggests, a release of sorts. Lockdown in 2020 left Marika stifled and isolated, unable to craft a fully formed song, and wondering if she’d ever write again. After a hard-fought journey back from a lengthy creative dry spell, Marika brings us Big Sigh, which she co-produced with Sam Petts-Davies [Thom Yorke, Warpaint] and long-term collaborator Charlie Andrew (Alt-J). She also performed every element of the record, save for the brass and strings. Big Sigh finds Marika venturing into fresh terrain, with a constant tug between organic instrumentation and the harsher dynamics of synthetic distortion. It’s like walking into an abandoned industrial wasteland covered in poison ivy, with a blend of sadness, stress and lust, but mostly – and crucially – relief.

Along with the news of Big Sigh, Marika shares a new single entitled “Hanging.” “Hanging” – the first song that Marika wrote for Big Sigh, but also the first song she wrote following her creative drought – is a track that processes the end of a relationship in a delicate, dissociative daze, ending in an engulfing crash of banshee wails and grunge guitars. The single epitomizes the forthcoming album’s opposing themes: the contrast of loud-quiet, the rub of industrial and pastoral, and the innocence of childhood versus the gnarly realities of adulthood. “‘Hanging’ is reflecting on a difficult past relationship and how you can trap yourself in a situation where you’re unable to grow into the next stage of your life,” Marika explains. “The line ‘yeah you were a part of me / i’m so relieved it hurts’ is describing how painful it still is to break up even if it’s not right.”

Marika Hackman
Big Sigh

1. The Ground
2. No Caffeine
3. Big Sigh
4. Blood
5. Hanging
6. The Lonely House
7. Vitamins
8. Slime
9. Please Don’t Be So Kind
10. The Yellow Mile

Marika Hackman 2023 UK / EU Headline Dates

03/12/2024 – Glasgow, Scotland – Oran Mor
03/14/2024 – Manchester, England – Canvas
03/15/2024 – Leeds, England – The Wardrobe
03/16/2024 – Newcastle upon Tyne, England – The Cluny
03/18/2024 – Brighton, England – Concorde 2
03/19/2024 – Birmingham, England – Castle & Falcon
03/20/2024 – Bristol, England – Strange Brew
03/21/2024 – London, England – Hackney Church
04/08/2024 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
04/09/2024 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Tolhuistuin
04/11/2024 – Berlin, Germany – Hole44
04/12/2024 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
04/14/2023 – Cologne, Germany – Artheater
04/15/2024 – Paris, France – Petit Bain

Pre-order Big Sigh by Marika Hackman HERE


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