“If I was a liar, I would call you my friend,” London-based songwriter Marika Hackman opens on her new single “My Lover Cindy.” It’s an immediately biting line that embodies the rule rather than the exception on her upcoming album I’m Not Your Man, a collection of unabashedly real songs. Hackman’s greatest weapon is her words, and she uses her dark wit to lure you in while conveying strong messages about her life and society. Later on, Hackman sings, “I’m a lousy lover/ Even if I try/ I can go for a couple of weeks and the feelings calcify,” but that tough veil is lifted at the song’s conclusion with a devil’s advocate-style backing vocal that taunts the song’s main themes. Delivering the line “I’m gonna keep my eyes on the prize” overtop the repeated chant “But I like you, but I like you” allows the song to end like a conversation, with Hackman’s conflicting feelings at the helm. Listen to the song below.