With producer Charlie Andrew (alt-J), the follow-up to 2015's We Slept at Last was finished at the end of 2016. For this album she vowed to stop preventing herself from going where she wanted the songs to take her. "I wanna put myself out there," she says. "How are people gonna connect with me if I'm hiding?" Hence the title I'm Not Your Man (Deluxe). "The record's all about female relationships, romance and breakdowns, but there's also a dim worldview going on."
When presented to the world five years ago, Hackman couldn't escape comparison to every other female singer-songwriter. However, from the opening of Boyfriend you immediately sense a transition, the song signals a rockier and immediately more brazen beginning to a record. "I felt more bold and confident to stop hiding things, to stop talking about water, lakes and trees when I just wanna write about the fact that I've broken up with my girlfriend." Casting aside the whimsy guitars of before, Hackman consciously wanted to live out her fantasy of fronting a band.