Jack River shares colourful sophomore album ‘Sugar Mountain’
Jack River is the moniker of Sydney-based producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Holly Rankin. Having picked up considerable attention as one of Australia’s most exciting upcoming songwriters, her sophomore album has been hotly anticipated. Always cutting a unique edge to her electro-pop releases, lead single ‘Ballroom’ is a singalong guitar-driven pop hit, tied together by an anthemic chorus and shimmering hooks.
Despite a fun and colourful sound, Jack River’s album is inspired by the trauma of her sister’s death in a freak spa accident. Using her diary as an outlet for her grief, Rankin’s entries have become songs which have fuelled her journey and transformation into Jack River.
Jack River's playlist following has grown by 3.8m this week
The darker emotions of her journey are evident on tracks such as Limo Song. “You held that pose like a picture/I never wanted to say goodbye/You were crying in the mirror/I saw your reflection like it was mine.” However, the lyrics are surrounded by sparkly pop sounds, which are bright and colourful in their efforts to celebrate Shannon’s memory and turn her diary entries into hit songs.
With features on NewMusic Friday, Indie Pop, Indie Mixtape and 28 other influential Spotify playlists, Jack River’s playlist following has grown by 3.8m this week, taking her total to over 5.8m, a staggering 184% increase (Instrumental’s A&R scouting platform).