Nat Oaks’ latest single, “Hard To Forget”, is a vibrant, magnetic fusion of neo-soul and alternative hip-hop, infused with a distinctive low-fidelity charm. The track’s strength lies in its unapologetic confidence and infectious energy, drawing listeners into a world where Oaks’ lyrical prowess and commanding musicality take centre stage.
The song kicks off with a powerful horn section that sets the tone for an anthemic experience. The marriage of this commanding brass with a subtle piano hum creates a dynamic backdrop, a canvas for Oaks to paint her narrative. The drum patterns, intricate and hard-hitting, infuse the track with a sense of urgency, driving the song forward with crisp snares and a punchy 808 kick.
Oaks’ lyricism cuts through the music with her smooth flow and catchy phrases. The chorus, with its assertion of being “hard to forget”, is both a statement of resilience and a declaration of self-assurance. Lines like “I’m hotter than the ozone” and “You can hear me on the radio” exude a sense of empowerment and confidence, reinforcing the track’s theme of moving on and thriving in the aftermath of a breakup.
The song isn’t merely a personal anthem but a testament to the artist’s evolution. Oaks is inspired by artists such as AntsLive, infusing her music with a self-indulgent yet assertive style. Her ability to navigate the emotions of a breakup without succumbing to melancholy is a testament to her creativity.
The single hints at what’s to come from the rising artist. As Oaks gears up for her upcoming project, this track serves as an electrifying introduction to a body of work she’s rightfully proud of. Oaks shares, “This is the first single from my incoming sophomore EP. It’s a body of music I’m very proud of and look forward to playing live at festivals.”
“Hard To Forget” isn’t just a song; it’s a proclamation. It’s a reminder that amidst heartbreak and turmoil, there’s an inherent strength within us that propels us forward. Nat Oaks’ track not only sticks in your head but leaves an indelible mark. As Oaks’ journey continues to unfold, this single stands tall as a tribute to her growth, both as an artist and as a storyteller.
With “Hard To Forget”, Nat Oaks has crafted a compelling anthem of resilience and self-assurance, setting the stage for what promises to be an exciting chapter in her musical career.