“The Hardest Part” by Rachel Jack is simply stunning. The powerful opening line hooked me immediately: “I drink poison hoping you will die”, a fierce lyric that sets the tone for what is to come.
Jack lays it all in this poetic and emotional story of the struggles of forgiveness accompanied by a simple, but effective, acoustic arrangement and layered harmonies.
To top it off the vocal performance on this track is beautiful, the perfect balance of power and control, showing off her skill with some falsetto notes towards the end of the song, reminiscent of Joni Mitchell.
The Aberdonian Singer-Songwriter recently won the inaugural Paolo Nutini Songwriting Scholarship at the University of the West of Scotland and it is obvious why. Jack is a lyrical craftsman and natural storyteller creating songs that compel the audience.
If you like melodic folk music and great storytelling, then Rachel Jack is for you. She is a perfect listen for a chilled spring afternoon in lockdown.
This is the follow-up single to her debut “Nowhere” which is part of her debut EP “The Calgary Tapes” recorded at the enchanting An Tobar Studios on the Isle of Mull by Gordon MacLean.
Jack already has a second EP in the works due for release later in the year. We can’t wait to hear it!
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Check out the live version below.