Jack River has shared an electrifying Cub Sport remix of her recent hit, “Ballroom.” Today’s track makes its entrance between an entirely sold-out Australian tour and the pop goddess’ much-anticipated debut album Sugar Mountain, out June 22 on Hopeless Utopian.
Worldwide excitement promises that Jack River has perfected a blend of guts and sparkle. First single “Fool’s Gold” provided the glitter and grit music lovers were missing in pop music, amassing over 3 million streams and sliding into triple j’s Hottest 100 ranking. “Fault Line” followed with forceful rhythm and a speedy-quick one million streams.
While the grand bulk of Jack River’s irresistible releases are celebratory and bright, there’s shaking depth to this particular collection. Sugar Mountain is named after Neil Young’s bittersweet ode to youth and the loss of innocence. As Rankin explains it, “It’s the souvenir of my youth, the wish of what it could have been.” Eleven years ago, a tragedy fractured Rankin’s life – and the small NSW coastal town she grew up in – when her beloved younger sister passed away in an accident. Rankin found herself adrift, and songwriting became not so much catharsis as a survival tool.
Beyond her music as Jack River, Holly Rankin simply cannot sit still. Along with a team of local mates, she produces the sold-out Grow Your Own Festival, a community-enriching festival in her hometown, as well as Electric Lady, an internationally acknowledged concert-hosting platform that aims to amplify the strength of women in music, politics, science, sport and beyond. As both artist and entrepreneur, Holly Rankin cannot be stopped. Read more about both in her feature with Huffington Post AU.
JACK RIVER ON TOUR:
May 17 – The Great Escape @ Komedia (downstairs) @ 1:30pm
May 17 – The Great Escape @ Sticky Mike’s @ 11:30pm