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Jack River - Palo Alto

Jack River - Palo Alto
“They arrive in my head and I make them,” says Jack River – aka Holly Rankin - of her eclectic song-writing vision. “I always want to create a feeling that’s completely original to the song. I think in our world right now a lot of things are so homogenised and repetitive that we expect repetitiveness. I want to avoid that.”

Her debut 5-track EP 'Highway Songs No. 2 is a masterpiece. “Palo Alto” swings on an indie-rock groove that opens to a cascading pop chorus; “Talk Like That” pivots into psychedelic electro territory; “Dream Girl” a kiss-off, bubblegum pop gem. ‘Head To Stars’ might be the most direct link to her NSW surf coast upbringing, a shimmering campfire lope that admonishes rather than lulls (“I don’t wanna know ya / If I can’t hold you like I’m meant to.”). A smoky cover of Cigarette’s After Sex’s cult lament “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby” to close.

The constant through-line is Rankin’s voice - a chameleonic instrument that - whether in sly drawl, full volume, or heavy-lidded lilt - projects unerring confidence laced with sly personal reference. Jack River sounds no bulls**t. These aren’t love songs, but just-past-love songs.

About this track...

“Palo Alto” veers from indie-rock pomp to a cascading pop chorus which draws on Rankin’s life experience – from Forster, to Sydney, to frequent music-seeking trips overseas. It announces Jack River as an artist not beholden to any one genre.

Number Of People In Act Solo
State/Territory Artist Is Based In NSW
Taken From The Release Titled Highway Songs No. 2
Copyright Holder's Name I OH YOU
Media Servicing Date 2016-10-03
Main Genre Pop
Genre 2 Rock
Contains explicit lyrics or themes that may offend some listeners No
Artist Official Web Site
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Content Provider I Oh You