Single Review – Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy

British singer/songwriter Marika Hackman’s new single ‘My Lover Cindy’ following ‘Boyfriend’ continues her ’90s alt-rock vocal style, with its Laura Marling effortless air of cool indifference, present in her her debut album ‘We Slept At Last’, back in 2015. Recently signed to Sub-Pop Hackman’s second album ‘I’m Not Your Man’ is set for release on June 2nd. The album according to Hackman is ‘all about female relationships, romance, and breakdowns, but there’s also a dim worldview going on. I’m Not Your Man can either mean, ‘I’m not your man, I’m your woman,’ or it can mean, ‘I’m not a part of this.’ New single ‘My Lover Cindy’ appears to be the epitome of these ideas. Woven with the non-committal sharp tongue of many millennial relationships Hackman’s new single is a mix of driving lines – opening ‘If I was a liar I would call you my friend, let’s hope the feeling mutual in the end’, subtle warmth – helped by backing harmonies contributed by The Big Moon.The singles themes, as Hackman states, are a comment, ‘on the way we can dispose of one another, how sex can be a throwaway thing which can lead to a terror of falling out of love with people and a distrust of your own emotions. The themes of sexual fluidity are ongoing throughout the song.’ With its range of honest vocal attacks, ‘My Lover Cindy’ is sure to hook Marika new fans. 

Hayley Miller 

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