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A duet of brilliance, Laura Marling and Johnny Flynn enchanted at Union Transfer

Laura Marling / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Laura Marling | Photo by Elizabeth Mazenko

“I’ve known Johnny since I was 16,” Laura Marling laughed as her tourmate Johnny Flynn picked up the violin to join her onstage. “And we both look exactly the same.”

Saturday night, Union Transfer was host for a delightful evening with these two icons of modern British folk. Joined by emerging UK singer songwriter Marika Hackman, the night was filled with an enchanting performance of raw images and old memories. Continue reading →

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10 Artists To Watch in 2015

Ibeyi } Photo courtesy of the artist
Ibeyi } Photo courtesy of the artist

Say goodbye to 2014. Hello 2015. It’s always a challenge to look into the rock and roll crystal ball and predict the future of great musical discoveries. But there are signs. Here’s ten artists I’m excited about and look forward to hearing more from in 2015. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Skin” by Marika Hackman

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.
One of the most arresting and captivating voices we’ve heard recently belongs to British singer-songwriter Marika Hackman. Raised musically on a healthy dose of classic bands that her parents listened to like Simon & Garfunkle, Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan and Genesis, she told The Independent:

“It was a good bed of amazing songwriting. I want to make something that grabs someone’s attention like that, and I think that’s why those acts were so important, even though you probably can’t hear them in my music.”

Marika formed her first band as a teenager with her friend, supermodel Cara Delevigne. Hackman herself has modeled, (she was the face of Burberry), but music has always been her main muse. She has two EP’s to her name including the recently released Sugar Blind EP, and her debut EP, That Iron Taste, was produced by Charlie Andrew (who produced Alt-J). The British folkie brings to mind Laura Marling, yet Hackman has her own unique style of sublime and very visual storytelling and sultry, intentionally paced vocal style, a soft finger-picking style of guitar playing and she plays many of the instruments herself on the recordings.

Below, download “Skin.”

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company