Review: We Slept At Last by Marika Hackman

We Slept At Last by Marika HackmanFor a debut album, Marika Hackman’s We Slept At Last is fully formed. It’s a confident release – and I find it weird saying that because the London-based folkie’s songs are the opposite. The record’s full of inward-looking, often claustrophobic ruminations on life, informed by the sort of anxiety that would force you to pull back. Her quiet coos and eerie instrumentation somehow make this all compelling – and then there’s the confident, the headstrong feel you get from the whole record. Also, Marika manages to straddle different styles without sounding confused: “Animal Fear” is sprightly, while “Monday Afternoon” is a bit pastoral, even. You can;t quite tell whether she’s being strong or just pretending to be, and all that confusion makes We Slept At Last an interesting, noteworthy debut effort. [NB]4/5

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