The endlessly intriguing Marika Hackman announces “Wonderland” - a Christmas EP coming out 2nd December.
“Wonderland” sees Marika deliver an undeniable new Alt.Christmas classic in "Driving Under Stars" balanced by the typically dark "Paper Crown" reflecting the other side of the season. A choral introduction gives way to woozily haunted original arrangements of "In the Bleak Midwinter" and the definitive recorded rendition of her lauded take on "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" before the soaked pudding is set alight by "Winter Wonderland".
“Wonderland” offers itself as a cerebral and emotionally compelling Christmas gift to be enjoyed by festive fanatics and Scrooges all around the world.
In support, Marika will be performing a special Christmas set at St John on Bethnal Green on 9th December.
Kamran Khan realised that he couldn't be alone in the outside world. He just had to bring his bedroom with him. His parents' Beach Boys records, a dog-eared U-Bahn map and a framed picture of his favourite leather baseball cap - sadly no longer with us - are all there as he braves the stages of London and Berlin. Fake Laugh is the moniker of Khan's alternative pop/rock outfit that began as a solo project in his bedroom in 2013 but continues to blossom into a frantic and hearty live incarnation. Whilst on record Khan retains crisp control by playing all the instruments, his intimate songs, of daydreaming and discord, can turn wild when caught live with his four-piece band.
Tirelessly writing and recording whenever he can, Khan's 2016 has already seen him release the energetic, apologetic and fuzzy 'Ice' EP, as well as the bubbly trepidation of double A side single: 'Mind Tricks/Birdsong Lullaby'. Affecting the listener beneath the hooks, Fake Laugh is known to ambush you with a cutting take on self-doubt. The 'Ice' EP that "sported some of the sharpest melodies he’s penned to date"(DIY) resonated beyond its carefree chorus. Fresh from radiant performances at this year's Visions and Great Escape festivals, Fake Laugh has also been catching their breath from shows supporting Girlpool, Genghar and Ducktails.
Tickets for this show are sold out.
Marika Hackman / Fake Laugh
09 Dec 2016
St John on Bethnal Green
The Crypt St Johns Church, 200 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA