Introducing: Jack River
Hailing from Forster on the mid north coast of NSW, Jack River is the alias of multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer Holly Rankin.
Her music effortlessly slips and shifts from genre, ranging from indie-rock, psychedelic electro, folk-pop and acoustic ballads and her vocals adapt to taste.
“From a songwriting perspective, I always want to make something completely original to that song. I don’t ever reference what I did in the last song; that would be really boring. In our world right now a lot of things are so homogenised and repetitive that we almost expect things to be repetitive.”
‘Talk Like That’ is the first single to be unleashed by Jack River and offers just a tiny glimpse into the grand creative workings yet to come. It’s a silky track combining soft percussion and driving synth lines, overlaid with coming-of-age lyrics simmering into explosion.
As Rankin describes it… “I wrote Talk Like That at 3am after walking around the streets with some friends in Sydney. I recorded it in bed as soon as I got home with my laptop and electric guitar, it was one of those songs that was written quickly cause the feeling was so potent and instant from the evenings events.”
‘Talk Like That’ was produced by Xavier Dunn and Rankin herself. It was written the night before it was recorded in Dunn’s Sydney studio. The single is lifted from the forthcoming EP, which is currently in the hands of respected producer/mixing engineer Ben Allen (M.I.A, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, Animal Collective). It’s slated to be released later this year and it’s unquestionably going to be full of polished diamonds like this.
Now Sydney-based, Rankin is a true product of the coast, a gal with unbreakable ties to the ocean and her former haven that was home in Forster. Each song solidifies that strong connection and represents a point in time, filled with potent feelings or not.
Jack River has also found a new family today, as the latest member to sign with independent label I OH YOU. Whatever the team are cooking, we’ve got huge vibes for this coastal transplant.