Any Human Friend

Marika Hackman

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“Hand Solo,” “Blow,” and “Conventional Ride” are just a few of the cheeky offerings off Any Human Friend, the new album from rock provocateur Marika Hackman. “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,” Hackman says. “It’s blunt, but not offensive. It’s mischievous.” There’s also depth to her carnal knowledge: Any Human Friend is ultimately about how, as she puts it, “We all have this lightness and darkness in us.”

“Hand Solo” extorts the virtues of masturbation and features Hackman’s favorite line, “Under patriarchal law, I’m going to die a virgin.” The song “Blow” paints a picture of social excess. And “Conventional Ride” thumbs its nose at heterosexual sex through “the trope a lot of gay women experience: sleeping with someone, then it becomes apparent you’re kind of an experiment.” Marika wrote the album over a year, recording a few songs at a time with co-producer David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx).

The longer recording process meant that Hackman had the time to experiment in the studio, especially with electronic songs. She was inspired by Wrench’s vast synth collection, many of which she used throughout Any Human Friend, notably on “Hold On,” a deep dive into ennui expressed as ethereal R&B. She also switched up drum rhythms and wrote songs on the bass, such as the upbeat, idiosyncratic “Come Undone.” Hackman bookends Any Human Friend with some of her most unexpected musical turns.

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Track Listings

  1. Wanderlust
  2. The One
  3. All Night
  4. Blow
  5. I'm Not Where You Are
  6. Send My Love
  7. Hand Solo
  8. Conventional Ride
  9. Come Undone
  10. Hold On
  11. Any Human Friend

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