Single Review – Marika Hackman – Cigarette

Cigarette’ new single from British singer-songwriter Marika Hackman is, coincidentally enough, an awkwardly gentle smoulder. The third single released from Hackman’s second album ‘I’m Not Your Man’ June 2nd, see’s Hackman revert a little back to the tenderly fragile intensity of her 2015 debut, ‘We Slept At Last’. Lyrically ‘Cigarette’ continues Hackman’s themes of female relationships, romance, and breakdowns. Hackman’s delicate acoustic guitar plucking and direct yet sparse emotional phrases create a heartfelt awkwardness that encapsulates the tension between two people as they argue in a car-park: ‘Turn to the headlight glare, cry and pretend you care, I love it when we make a scene.’ Recently announcing a co-headline US tour with The Big Moon Hackman will also be performing UK dates with her newly formed live band. 

Hayley Miller

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