Jack River Releases New Single + Video Featuring Genesis Owusu; Announces Sophomore Album ‘Endless Summer’
February 10, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Acclaimed Australian recording artist, Jack River (aka Holly Rankin) proudly announces today her highly anticipated sophomore album Endless Summer – due out June 16, 2023. The LP offers a world building view of the future. Written just prior to finding out she was expecting her first child, this record is an oasis, something to retreat to amid the apocalyptic horrors of climate disaster – and that was at the forefront of Rankin’s mind when she came to record Endless Summer.
“I wrote this album before I fell pregnant, but the reality of the ‘endless summer’ we are entering globally has become even more tactile for me after the birth of my child,” she says. “There is a part of the future beside me now, and she will experience the consequences of all the decisions we are making today. The experience of being pregnant and giving birth has made everything beautifully and awfully real. I think that sentiment plays out in this record.” – Jack River
Along with today’s news Jack River is releasing the title track and official music video featuring the much loved and acclaimed Genesis Owusu. The single is an idyllic dreamscape duet and you can watch the video HERE. A psych-folk modernization of the Beach Boys’ layered, pastel fantasy world – Jack River co-wrote the track with Matt Mason (DMA’S) and co-produced with Matt Corby (Budjerah, Sia, Tash Sultana, Jarryd James), with Owusu sharing vocals.
“Mason had had the verse melody in his back pocket for years. As soon as he played it, I fell in love, and the scene of an endless summer was born in our minds. I brought the track to life with Matt Corby – we had so, so much fun layering vocals and finding sounds that kept the song minimal, but potent. Bringing Genesis on to join the track was a pipe dream that turned into reality. He brings his effortless brand of cool, calm and collected to the song.” – Jack River
An ode to long summer nights and the warped feeling of the melting times we are living in, the title track is about running away with the person you adore. It’s also the latest single from the forthcoming album to drop, following “Real Life” – the #1 most played track on triple j that received raves from The Guardian and NME – as well as “Nothing Has Changed” – a song that ushered in the news that Jack River would be taking a break over the summer to welcome her first child into the world. She now returns from that break with “Endless Summer” and news of the album drop.
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; she is speeding toward her worth-the-wait sophomore album release; windows down, volume high, and sun kissing her face.