When Holly Isabella Rankin chose to launch her music career under the nom de plume Jack River, surely she wasn’t guessing that the “current” would take her straight up the Australian charts. But that’s exactly what happened to the New South Wales born singer upon the release of her critically acclaimed 2018 debut album Sugar Mountain.
Indeed, the record peaked at Number 11, and she went on to nab three ARIA Award nominations (sort of the Aussie Grammys).
Now she’s back with an exhilarating new single, “Later Flight,” which is like some magical midpoint between Karen O and Tom Petty. The track betrays a new level of openness and honesty for the young songwriter (who bears a striking resemblance to Chloe Sevigny), or as she describes it, “this feeling of rushing, loving and dreaming of home drove the song to where it is.”
And her voice has never sounded more alluring or insistent, as she urges, “I wanna know, I wanna know, do you feel it?”
The accompanying video, which BlackBook premieres here, finds her on a long motorcycle trip, as a sensory overload of images flash by – shifting eras and scenography at a breathtaking pace.
“I’ve always danced around writing an honest love song,” she explains, “but ‘Later Flight’ is a direct and candid world of big feels, big highs and big hopes. For so long my songs have revolved around the past and future; this marks a new chapter of songs from the present and the heart.”