Kacy Hill Soars with New Songs "Hard to Love" and "Like a Woman"

Kacy Hill Soars with New Songs "Hard to Love" and "Like a Woman"

The only songs you need to hear this Friday.

The only songs you need to hear this Friday.

Text: William Defebaugh

Kacy Hill has been quiet since last year, when she covered our music issue and released her last song "Lion" (a follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut EP, 2015's Bloo). Turns out, the GOOD Music/Kanye West protégée has been busy working on new music. Today, she returns with not one, but two new tracks:  "Hard to Love" and "Like a Woman," and they were well worth the wait.

While the majority of Hill's previous releases have veered toward the soft and ambient ("Foreign Fields," "Bloo"), "Hard to Love" finds her leaving no holds barred, embracing a bombastic pop sound that builds to a cathartic release at the song's chorus, and highlights the singer's powerful voice. It's the type of anthem that's made for dancing unapologetically in solitary spaces, with the volume turned up high. The fact that the lyrics stay true to Hill's prowess with prose ("Cause your lies have become nostalgia's muse") makes it all the more victorious—and, with any hope, headed straight for mainstream radio.

The latter of the two new releases, the title track of her forthcoming album, finds itself at the other end of Hill's sonic spectrum. "Like a Woman" is a sensual ballad that explores sexuality—a topic that hasn't always been easy for the singer to address before working on this album. “Sexuality is a part of my life that I have avoided,” she says, referencing how her former modeling past (namely for American Apparel) become a topic of conversation after the unexpected success of "Arm's Length."

Luckily, Hill has a powerful mentor in the form of Kanye West, who has had a hand in helping her shape her sound and the new record. He advised her to let her story and her voice take center stage, and the results speak for themselves. While we'll have to wait until June 30 for the new album, the two new tracks are available to stream now. Warning: be prepared to put them on repeat.

Credits: Photo courtesy of Instagram / @kacyhill

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