Gracie Abrams Premieres Stunning New Single “Difficult”

Acclaimed songwriter Gracie Abrams returns with her raw and radiant new single “Difficult.” Produced by her frequent collaborator Aaron Dessner of The National, “Difficult” inhabits a more expansive and high-energy sound while pushing deeper into Abrams’s unflinching introspection. “Difficult” is available now at all digital retailers.

Co-written by Abrams and Dessner, “Difficult” opens on a softly stunning line that perfectly encapsulates the poetic realism at the heart of Abrams’s songwriting (“My double vision is only amplifying everything he isn’t”). With its moody collision of crystalline textures, drum-machine beats, and delicate piano tones, the track builds to a brightly soaring chorus as Abrams sheds light on the claustrophobia that comes with being unable to escape your own thoughts and possibly destructive patterns (e.g., “I’ve been drinking and staying up too late, reliving bad decisions”). Centered on her quietly commanding vocal work, “Difficult” ultimately reveals Abrams’s rare capacity to weave a whirlwind of emotions into sing-along-ready lyrics and unpredictable yet immediately catchy melodies.

“Difficult” arrives as the follow-up to Abrams’s captivating and confessional single Block me out — an April release. Now at work on her debut album for Interscope Records, Abrams also recently took the stage at major summer festivals like Lollapalooza in addition to completing a 14-date run as support for Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour Tour.


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