Marika Hackman: Gebäude 9

Marika Hackman: Gebäude 9

Fresh from supporting Alt-J on their latest UK tour and with her debut album due out in February there has never been a more exciting time to see Marika Hackman.

Hailed as one the most arresting acts to emerge from the UK in recent years singer-songwriter Hackman is currently touring Europe with Brooklyn Indie band The Antlers. On Saturday she played in Cologne at legendary venue Gebäude 9. Situated on the ‘wrong’ side of the river in the city’s old industrial area, Gebäude 9 has long been recognised for its strong line-up of emerging musicians. However it also has a reputation for hard-to-please crowds, to the likes of which many a warm-up act has fallen victim in the past.

Hackman’s ability to bring the room to a standstill clearly reflects the magnitude of her talent. Whilst her haunting vocals held everyone’s attention, her offbeat demeanour, captured by eerie backlighting, made for a tangibly unique atmosphere. You could cut the crowd’s silence with a knife.

Although most there had come to see The Antlers, a band whose music differs considerably from Hackman’s, the minute she stepped off stage she was met by a flood of new fans. Hackman’s capacity to collect new admirers wherever she performs is proof that true talent transcends musical genres. I am certainly not alone in awaiting February with baited breath.