• The Vibe


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, and was featured by a number of blogs including Tenement TV, BBC Social and the SMIA.

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 thoughtful, evocative 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 songwriting scholarship from local musician Paolo Nutini (2018/2019).  

Magazine Girls is released on the 9th of October, followed by two other singles ahead of the EP release in early March. Drenched in shimmery, saccharine optimism, and inspired by alternative electro-pop royalty such as Cvurches, La Roux, Robyn, and Lorde, the EP is dreamy, futuristic and sensual. Jack retains her characteristic depth, in title track Magazine Girls, calling out the unachievable beauty standards imposed on women in the hook “I want to look like the girls in the magazines, but the girls in the magazines don’t even look like the girls in the magazines”.

Jack explains: “Throughout my late teens/ early 20s, I was painfully insecure to the point that I’d spend hours getting ready only to decide not to leave the house. I hated the way I looked, and I wanted to change everything about myself. Magazine Girls is about realising that I could never look like those girls in beauty magazines because on a normal day, they don’t even look like that.”

The single artwork has been illustrated by Edinburgh artist Sarah Kwan and the release will be accompanied by a music video, as well as infographics from the International Magazine Centre to highlight the key stats around female representation in magazines.