SHARES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ‘DARK STAR’ + ‘STRANGER HEART’
EP OUT FRI 14 FEB
It is with great delight that I OH YOU share ‘Dark Star’, a cutting single about the murky depths of infatuation and the final track to drop from Jack River’s forthcoming Stranger Heart EP ahead of its release on Valentine’s Day (Fri 14 Feb).
Premiered last night via triple j Good Nights, and with a video premiere from Flood Magazine (US), ‘Dark Star’ joins first single ‘Later Flight’ and follow up piano ballad ‘Closer’, and sees River tap into long-past feelings and sing of the dark obsession underlying young love. When Rankin was 21 years old, she says she dreamed the bridge into being: “a racy, guitar-y, sentimental song that made you feel like you’re driving past your ex’s house”. Rankin imagined a song that replicated the feeling of “having your heart dragged through the room” while listening to Oasis. Pitched high, the sweetness of her voice betrays the desperate, wanting plea that grows out of a feeling of being abandoned or forgotten.
WATCH DARK STAR BELOW:
Later Flight’ was River’s first single following the deluxe reissue of her three-time ARIA-nominated, critically acclaimed debut LP Sugar Mountain in May 2019. The track premiered on triple j Breakfast before quickly becoming the #1 most played song and saw strong support from the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, leading to the track and video being streamed over half a million times since its release last October. Follow up piano ballad ‘Closer’ made a splash on streaming platforms with accompanying the stunning video getting picked up by MTV and Rage.
In the digital age, where inspiration can feel contrived and a search for authenticity often begins and ends with a hashtag, on Stranger Heart River has drawn a road map for an alternative way to feel and process. With this release, River set out to make music that sounds like a feeling and ‘Dark Star’ over delivers, transporting the listener back to their first unrequited love; a crushing state of both total euphoria and draining fixation.
Jack River recently played Grapevine Gathering in VIC, NSW and WA and is taking to the stage at Party In The Paddock next month.
In late December, as a holiday present to her fans, Jack River announced she was giving away a special acoustic performance to one lucky fan that wished to have her play at their wedding, party or event. The competition winner will be announced in early February, to enter simply DM Jack River on Facebook Messenger starting the message saying – ‘play at my party’.
Single out now through I OH YOU
Available to buy/stream here
Stranger Heart EP
EP out Friday 14 February through
I OH YOU
Available to pre-order here
Stranger Heart EP tracklisting:
1. Lonely Hunter
2. Later Flight
3. Night Song
4. Dark Star
6. Infinity Roses