Earlier this year, Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Jack released her debut EP The Calgary Tapes to much acclaim, securing The Scotsman Artist of the week, 3 x Jim Gellatly’s track of the day as well as a feature in his new music column in The Sun. The EP received radio play from BBC Scotland, The Roddy Hart Show, BBC Radio Introducing nan Gàidheal – Rapal, & Amazing Radio. Magazine Girls, which is the first of four tracks to be released from an EP of the same name, heralds a significant departure from the folky acoustic style of The Calgary Tapes. Magazine Girls is a collaborative offering, combining Jack’s lyrics, with the production mastery of award-winning producer and former classmate DUNT. Jack and Dunt (producer of Stanley Odd, SHEARS and SAMA Hip Hop album of the year 2018 – Solareye – All These People Are Me), met while studying music at University West of Scotland, where Rachel was awarded a one-year song-writing scholarship from local musician Paolo Nutini. Rachel spoke with The Fountain about the new track and the rest of her plans for the year.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Magazine Girls?
So far so good. A lot of folk are quite surprised by the change in sound, as it’s a lot popper than the songs from my last EP, The Calgary Tapes. These songs wouldn’t have worked as acoustic tracks though. I love that they have a totally different energy and it’s ace seeing people dance to my tunes.
TF: Can you sum up the track in a sentence?
It’s a polite middle finger up to the magazine industry and the unrealistic beauty standards they pressurise women to uphold.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
The next single from this EP is out in November, accompanied by a short film/music video. In December I’m hoping to go to the Isle of Mull to record my third EP with a band. Crossing everything that it still goes ahead as I’ve never recorded with a band before and I’m super excited about it.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
I’m very new to the world of music as I just started releasing music as we went into lockdown. So I haven’t actually played in many venues. I once did a showcase at Saint Lukes which was amazing so I’d say that’s my favourite. I recorded my second EP in MacArts which is another beautifully converted church. I’d love to go back there to do a gig. I really love singing in old, woody buildings with natural reverb.
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