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EDITORS’ NOTES

Holly Rankin’s life was irreversibly changed at age 14, after the sudden, accidental death of her younger sister. The New South Wales singer/songwriter's debut album as Jack River, Sugar Mountain (an homage to Neil Young’s track lamenting the end of youthful innocence), arrives 12 years later, depicting the hazy grief that engulfed the years that followed. She remembers her sister on the largely acoustic “Her Smile” (“Her smile pierces through the universe”) and reveals the lingering darkness she’s lived with since. “There’s all these people in the room/I just wanna be alone,” she sings on the luminescent “Ballroom”, and on “So High”, admits, “I don’t know how to tell you this/I am so sad.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Holly Rankin’s life was irreversibly changed at age 14, after the sudden, accidental death of her younger sister. The New South Wales singer/songwriter's debut album as Jack River, Sugar Mountain (an homage to Neil Young’s track lamenting the end of youthful innocence), arrives 12 years later, depicting the hazy grief that engulfed the years that followed. She remembers her sister on the largely acoustic “Her Smile” (“Her smile pierces through the universe”) and reveals the lingering darkness she’s lived with since. “There’s all these people in the room/I just wanna be alone,” she sings on the luminescent “Ballroom”, and on “So High”, admits, “I don’t know how to tell you this/I am so sad.”

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About Jack River

Jack River is the nom de plume of New South Wales-based producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter Holly Rankin. Originally performing under her own name, Rankin's laid-back, psych-tinged electropop earned her a loyal local following. As she began to make waves in Sydney, she took on the Jack River moniker, eventually catching the attention of Aussie indie I Oh You Records. Her first single under the pseudonym, the Rankin-and-Xavier Dunn-produced "Talk Like That," was issued by the label in early 2016 in anticipation of the release of her debut EP, Highway Songs #2, later that year. Two more singles, "Fault Line" and "Ballroom," followed in 2017 and 2018, respectively. ~ James Christopher Monger

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