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Rock provocateur Marika Hackman‘s highly anticipated new album Any Human Friend has been co-produced by David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, Let’s Eat Grandma) and Marika herself, and shows off a sharper and more liberated sound than ever before.
‘Hand Solo’, ‘Blow’, ‘Conventional Ride’ – these are just a few of the brazen, bold offerings from Any Human Friend. “This whole record is me diving into myself and peeling back the skin further and further, exposing myself in quite a big way. It can be quite sexual” Marika says. “It’s blunt, but not offensive. It’s mischievous”. Any Human Friend is ultimately about how, as Marika puts it, “We all have this lightness and darkness in us”.
Marika 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. (Even her cover art, which finds Hackman nearly nude while cradling a baby pig, is a nod to Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra’s unfiltered photos of mothers just after they gave birth). To that end, ‘Hand Solo’ extorts the virtues of masturbation and features Marika’s favourite line, “Under patriarchal law, I’m going to die a virgin”. The song ‘Blow’ paints a picture of social excess. And ‘Conventional Ride’ deals with the classic trope of a ‘straight’ girl who just wants to experiment but doesn’t present it in that way.
Marika bookends Any Human Friend with some of her most unexpected musical turns. The first song she wrote, ‘The One’ (technically its second track), is “probably the poppiest song I’ve ever written” she says. “I loved the idea of inhabiting this ridiculous arrogant rock star character who has totally fucked their career by writing too many sad songs”. To that end, it features a riot grrrl Greek chorus hurling such insults at her as, “You’re such an attention whore!”. The title track closes out the album and explores how, “when we’re interacting with people, it’s like holding a mirror up to yourself”. It’s a weightless coda that’s jazz-like in its layering of rhythmic sounds as if you’re leisurely sorting through Marika’s headspace.
There’s something incredibly hopeful about Any Human Friend; “after all is said and done, what it’s saying is, you’re alright, it’s going to be fine. The album is very much about us all accepting each other’s differences, the idea that we all want to be made of stone and be the same but in fact we’re golden”.
- The One
- All Night
- I’m Not Where You Are
- Send My Love
- Hand Solo
- Conventional Ride
- Come Undone
- Hold On
- Any Human Friend