Rock provocateur Marika Hackman returns with melodic earworm ‘i’m not where you are’ and is showing off a sharper and more liberated sound than ever before. ‘i’m not where you are’ has been co-produced by David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, Let’s Eat Grandma) and Marika herself, and will be released byAMF Records and on Sub Pop in North and South America. Listen here
‘i’m not where you are’ “is about breaking up with people, or self-sabotaging relationships” Marika explains “that feeling of not trusting ones 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 and…sexy new sound.
Marika has deployed synthesisers 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’-eraPJ Harvey for the inclusive generation: unbounded by musical genre, a preternatural lyricist and tunesmith who isn’t afraid to go there. Hackman’s 2015 debut, ‘We Slept at Last’, was heralded for being nuanced and atmospheric. She really found her footing with her last release, ‘I’m Not Your Man’, and its sybaritic, swaggering International 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. Watch this space.