Jack River – Dark Star

Australia should be in the news because of its staggering amount of musical talent. Alas, the devastating bushfires currently dominate the headlines. Jack River (the alias of 28-year-old Holly Rankin) unites both subjects. Apart from being a successful musician, sheโ€™s been on the frontline of the climate crisis fight. She hosted a panel of climate experts in Sydney last spring. Also, she performed to 80K people there in the autumn for School Strike for Climate. Since Carte Blanche Music isnโ€™t a political platform, Iโ€™ll just focus on her musical activities.

In March, Jack River will be one of quite a few Aussie talents to play showcase festival SXSW in Austin, Texas. In an ideal world, her new single Dark Star would be a big hit by then. The track sees her tapping into long-past feelings, when she sings of the dark obsession underlying young love. River intended it to be โ€˜a racy, guitar-y, sentimental song that made you feel like you’re driving past your ex’s houseโ€™. While writing it, she imagined a song that replicated the feeling of โ€˜having your heart dragged through the room while listening to Oasisโ€™. This information adds a whole new dimension to enjoying the tune, doesnโ€™t it?

Dark Star is the third and final single to be released ahead of Jack Riverโ€™s upcoming Stranger Heart EP. It’ll be out on Valentineโ€™s Day.

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