I’m Not Your Solider is produced by Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, King Creosote) and is a reflective record that finds Malka at her most personal yet, following the release of her politically charged album Ratatatat in 2017. While the new record is awash in dark fuzzy bass and haunting synths, its intimate depth comes with uplifting lyrical content. “Lyrically it is very much about where I am in life,” explains Malka, “and also not overthinking it in terms of how I’m feeling.” One of the many great examples of this found on I’m Not Your Soldier is the kaleidoscopic Get Up, which blends twisted synths and world music while addressing the juggling of family life and as a touring musician.
Elsewhere I’m Not Your Soldier moves between banging trace-pop as found on opener A New Word, to psychedelic reverie in Moving Together, while there’s also beautiful delicate touches reflected in the likes of Close Your Eyes, which ends the record. At the core of Malka is honest songwriting. Whether that is day-glo, clattering brilliance or a pared-down hymnal for bedtime, Malka always remains true to herself. I’m Not Your Soldier confirms a talent for all seasons.