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Enigmatic singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Marika Hackman unveils
details of her fourth studio album ‘Big Sigh’, releasing 12th January via Chrysalis Records.
‘Big Sigh’ - the “hardest record” Marika has ever made - is, as its title suggests, a release of
sorts. It is an edifying blend of sadness, stress and lust, but mostly - and crucially - that of relief.
Marika has also shared her potent new single ‘Hanging’, a track that processes the end of a relationship in a delicate, dissociative daze, until its engulfing ending in a crash of banshee wails and grunge guitars. ‘Hanging’ epitomises 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. Marika offers the following on the single, “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. 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.”