Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman

Any Human Friend

Rock provocateur Marika Hackman returns with melodic earworm “i’m not where you are” which shows off a sharper and more liberated sound than ever before. The track was co-produced by Marika and David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx), and is about breaking up with people, or self-sabotaging relationships” Marika explains. “That feeling of not trusting one’s emotions because you can’t seem to get to the same place as the other person.  On the surface, it seems like an arrogant everybody falls in love with me” kind of song but its actually incredibly lonely, introspective and self-deprecating”

 

“i’m not where you are” fits into a wider narrative, in which the process of writing was cathartic and – as the best songwriters do – she has strengthened her own voice through the process, exploring herself and emerging with a widescreen, heavy-hitting new sound.

 

Marika has deployed synthesizers that recall the off-kilter, oddball hits of OMD or New Order and places them at the heart of “i’m not where you are.” For all the urgency of the backing music, Marika’s natural delivery and sensuous tone offers a dreamlike quality to the proceedings and allows her to look within to find answers that make sense outside.

 

Hackman is a Rid of Me-era PJ Harvey for the inclusive generation: unbounded by musical genre, a preternatural lyricist and tunesmith who isn’t afraid to go there. She really found her footing with her sophomore release, “I’m Not Your Man”—which earned raves from The GuardianStereogum, and Pitchfork—and its sybaritic, swaggering hit “Boyfriend,” which boasts of seducing away a straight guy’s girlfriend. Marika’s new sound sees her dive into herself, peeling back the skin further and further, exposing herself in a big way, creating something for people to react to.

 

Having recently teased new music at the BBC 6 Music festival, Marika is gearing up to an exciting year of touring. More news to come.

Listen: Marika Hackman – “i’m not where you are”

Marika Hackman – “i’m not where you are”