Jack River Releases “Honey”; New ‘Endless Summer ‘ LP Out June 16th
May 30, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Acclaimed Australian recording artist Jack River (aka Holly Rankin) releases new single “Honey” today – the latest from her highly anticipated sophomore album Endless Summer – due out June 16th via Nettwerk.
“Honey” sits as part of a central suite of songs that make up Endless Summer, a fantastical utopian world entangled in tumultuous Sixties-esque production. Drawing you in with the twang of electric of guitar, “Honey” is akin to the first kiss of the summer sun, a smooth and embracing melody carrying a powerful undertone.
“Honey” was written by Jack River with Matt Corby and Jarryd James, the first time she met Corby at his studio Rainbow Valley. “At the time I was thinking a lot about the idea of detachment from emotion, wondering about the lines between detachment, attachment and accountability, especially when it comes to relationships. When someone wants to detach from reality and emotion, what are the consequences in their relationship? The western obsession with meditation and mindfulness fascinates me, especially as a songwriter who relies on emotion.”
To what point is it okay to let go of reality and the people you love, to attain “complete detachment;” is one-ness a state of detachment, or of complete attachment to everything? A question River ponders as she laments “You think you’re so free you can forget about me.”
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Scheduled for release next month, Endless Summer delivers ten well-crafted pop songs. It was written just prior to finding out she was expecting her first child and is an oasis, something to retreat to amid the apocalyptic horrors of climate disaster – which was at the forefront of Rankin’s mind when she came to record the album.
Recent singles from the record “Real Life,” “Nothing Has Changed,” and fast fan-favorite “Endless Summer” – the title track from the record with Genesis Owusu – have garnered immense praise: from #1 most played spots on triple j to support from NME, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Women in Pop, Happy Mag and FLOOD.
With more than 66 Million streams and multiple Platinum and Gold singles, Jack River is a force to be reckoned with. Her debut album Sugar Mountain earned 3 ARIA Nominations and an APRA Nomination. Jack River has not only proven herself as a powerhouse musician, but as an agent for change. She spearheaded the “Our Soundtrack Our Stories” initiative alongside ARIA championing homegrown music, she played to 80K people in Sydney as part of a massive School Strike for Climate global event and she launched and hosted a podcast – To Rebel In The Times – that delved into impact, change and music through conversations with notable artists such as Portugal. The Man. Jack River embraces her passions, her truths, and her pain through Endless Summer.
“The singular artist and social advocate transforms tragedy and hope into sound and, ultimately, action.” – T: The New York Times Style Magazine