At the age of nineteen, I underwent a terrible experience that would go on to shape the next few years of my life. There was a lot of pain along the way, but gradually I rebuilt myself from scratch and came out of those tumultuous times as a healthier, more confident person. These days, I still look back and remember just how bad it was, but without that encounter, I wouldn’t have grown. I think that’s why Highway Songs resonated so much because singer-songwriter Rachel Angel sums up the feeling of having a renewed sense of self-worth, and the ability to stay stable throughout the ups and downs, in the lyrics and delivery of her brand new single.
Combining the tone of driving acoustic guitars with infectious slide, this is a track that sounds great when played loud through a pair of speakers. It’s a simple and straightforward song, without much production trickery to improve it. That’s because it’s so authentically great that it doesn’t need to be doused in make-up to flourish. Rachel understands what it takes to be a true renegade, facing down danger with the courage to grab life by the horns. She’s got soul, and that’s a valuable asset in the shallow online world we now inhabit. Highway Songs is a track for anyone who wants to feel like a badass and needs that extra kick up the arse. I, for one, can’t wait to hear more from Rachel.