Recorded with producer Daniel Mendez (Noah Gundersen, The Native Sibling, Alexi Murdoch), and written while Gallagher was pursuing a PhD in forestry in Vancouver, the six songs on One Hand On My Heart tell the tale of heartbreak, and of a singer-songwriter finding her groove. The EP’s first track, “Dark Side,” is an atmospheric slow burn—likened to an Americana version of Tidal-era Fiona Apple.
The EP’s centerpiece might just be “Barren Land,” which Gallagher wrote about the larger spiritual falling-out that accompanied a split with her longtime boyfriend. It’s this vulnerability that makes Gallagher a songwriter to watch, and that gives One Hand On My Heart its emotional core. “A lot of this album was just figuring myself out and that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes,” she says, noting that the breakup came at a particularly fraught time. “Music helped get me through.”