AMF Records – August 9th

‘I’m Not Where You Are’, a pop rock jam with ‘80s synths – and the first release from Marika Hackman’s Any Human Friendsubverted expectations like her material did from two years ago. To recap: in 2015 Hackman released her debut album bristling with wistful folk before dramatically changing tack in 2017 for the grungey, garage rock-indebted I’m Not Your Man. Her new album is her most open and daring yet, lyrically and musically. Eleven songs play hopscotch with genre (see the krautrock-esque ‘Conventional Ride’ or traces of space rock on hilarious wank anthem ‘Hand Solo’). But really these creations surpass such signposting. Any Human Friend is a thick quilt of refreshingly varied sounds knotted by tumultuous turns of love, lust and fragility. Keep subverting, Marika.

Photo by Joost Vandebrug.

Buy: Marika Hackman – Any Human Friend

Live: Islington Assembly Hall on September 26th