Over the past few months, alt-pop artist Rachel Bochner has delivered tracks like “If I’m Gunna Be Sad (I Might As Well Look Hot Doing It)” and “Here For The Drama,” beautifully depicting the chaos and surprises found in this life. Putting her personal experiences into such exhilarating music is all in her efforts to help others feel secure with whatever they’re going through, knowing that it is okay to feel all kinds of ways. On August 11, Rachel will be releasing her six-track EP, It’s Not Me, It’s U, which will be a culmination of these types of songs, here to comfort and empower anyone who needs them. Sharing another single from the project, Rachel gives us “Hard To Please.”
A dynamic alt-pop track that mixes gritty guitars with graceful melodies, “Hard To Please” gets into the pressures that are placed on women in today’s society. It starts off with Rachel’s deliberation on getting a nose ring, thinking that a change in the form of a “shiny piece of metal” might solve her problems. Rachel continues to vent about her overall frustrations in lyrics like, “I’m getting sick of it / Targets I’ll never hit / How can I reach the end of it / When there’s no finish line?” ready to break free. Just when we think we will be hit with a heavy rock chorus, though, the track shifts gears and the clouds part, momentarily dousing us in angelic pop vocals and playful guitar strums. You can check it out below.
About “Hard To Please,” Rachel shares,
“I started writing ‘Hard To Please’ at a time where the pressure of looking and being perceived a certain way felt consuming. As a woman – in general and in the music industry – I felt like I kept getting caught in the push and pull of knowing deep down that I don’t need to look a certain way or weigh a certain amount to be worthy of love and success, but not being able to fully let go of internalized, superficial beauty standards. This song was an outlet for me to voice that frustration and help me realize I deserve some grace.”
You can listen to “Hard To Please” on platforms like Apple Music, SoundCloud, and Spotify.
Pre-save It’s Not Me, It’s U here.