Folk-pop singer Emily Hackett has debuted a new music video for her third release of the year, “Handle.” The simple visuals bring her elegant vocals to life with every acoustic strum. Hackett is the focal point of the video, along with a leather love seat. Paint strokes methodically move around her to the serene country beat. The rapid movement of the paint but solidarity of the singer adds depth to the frame, creating the feeling of despair and self-reflection.
In collaboration with Bo Rinehart, formerly Needtobreathe, the artist captures the heart of the track. The lyrics describe a struggling relationship and the contemplation of what could have been. The video follows Hackett as she internalizes her regrets. The viewer feels as if the world is passing her by as she reflects on her shortcomings.
While the single has the undertone of a melancholy breakup song, the lyricism suggests productive soul searching. Hackett is exploring her emotions and inner psyche. She describes her creative process, “I can be hard to handle. Something I didn’t really know about myself, until this relationship. I think people had just put up with it—but he doesn’t, and it’s exactly what I need. This song was that kind of magic that happens in an hour because it was heavy on the heart and needed to come out, plain & simple. It's the best apology I’ve ever made.” This track disregards the romanticized facets of typical love songs. Instead, it highlights a realistic approach to a mature relationship. “Handle” is a breath of fresh air that depicts the necessary, yet sometimes somber side of relationships.
After being named one of CMT's Next Women of Country in 2019, Emily Hackett continues to push the boundaries of modern country music. Her Americana style and classic sound make her an emerging artist to watch.