Jack River Shares Striking New Video & Song
October 4, 2019 BY Nettwerk
Nettwerk is thrilled to present the return of gritty alt pop powerhouse Jack River, with her dramatic and impactful new single “Later Flight.” The track marks the first new music from River since the deluxe reissue of her three-time ARIA-nominated, critically acclaimed debut LP Sugar Mountain in May of this year and comes with a stunning video directed by long-time collaborator, Matt Sav.
“‘Later Flight’ is a song about freedom. I’ve always danced around writing an honest love song, 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 song marks a new chapter of songs from the present and the heart.” – Jack River
Where Sugar Mountain saw Jack River (Holly Rankin) reflect on a fantasy youth she never lived, “Later Flight” sees her shift her focus to the present and revel in the everyday moments that are missed by an absent mind.
During the writing of “Later Flight,” Holly was so focused on the now when finishing the production with Styalz Fuego (The Knocks, G Flip, Icona Pop, Wiley) in his Melbourne studio, that in order to finish the song she needed to book a later flight home. It was a sense of determination mixed with a longing for home that gave the track its magic final touch, “this feeling of rushing, loving and dreaming of home drove the song to where it is,” Holly recalls.
“Later Flight” was born from a chorus that kept spinning around Holly’s head on tour. She says, “I wasn’t sure if I had the guts to say something as bold as ‘I will love you for all of my life,’” but the result is a bold and fearless love song that doesn’t hide behind a fantasy. This is Jack River, brave and unapologetic.
2018 saw Jack River release her debut album Sugar Mountain, stack up three ARIA Award nominations, including Breakthrough Artist, Best Pop Release and Engineer of the Year, an APRA nomination for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, as well as support slots for international indie-pop heavyweight Florence + The Machine, Aussie idol Vance Joy and notorious party-starting duo Peking Duk. Jack River sold out a headline tour of Australia, returning in 2019 with her Sugar Mountain Ball tour.
The Sugar Mountain Ball tour is when Jack River also hosted her first “Climate Hour” – a climate panel discussion with three of Australia’s leading climate specialists and professionals: Professor Lesley Hughes (Climate Councilor – The Climate Council); Tim Silverwood (Co-Founder & CEO of Take 3 For The Sea) and Dr Karl (Science Writer and host of Science Hour alongside Linda Marigliano) along with Heidi Lenffer (Founder of FEAT. Artists and musician with Cloud Control). Passionate about the environment, climate change and the protection of our planet, on September 20th Jack River joined the Global School Strike 4 Climate and performed at The Domain in Sydney to an estimated 80K.
In addition to being a musician and an activist combatting climate change, Jack River’s Holly Rankin is emerging as one of Australia’s youngest festival promoters. Just this year she partnered with Secret Sounds to work with her on Electric Lady – a concert series and curated stage platform she founded and built. In 2020 Electric Lady will see her produce Australia’s largest female fronted concert and conference. She’ll also work with Secret Sounds on Grow Your Own Festival in her hometown of Foster – an event she founded that celebrates music, art, food and agriculture and will return for its fourth year in 2020.
For this writer, entrepreneur and musician, there is an exciting new chapter on the horizon and “Later Flight” is the first iterance of that. Stay tuned for more details, 2020 is shaping up to be one incredible year.