I OH YOU. "Palo Alto" is a collaborative production between Jack River and John Castle, with additional instrumentation from Xavier Dunn, who has had a hand in many of Rankin's creations including the EP's lead single "Talk Like That", which received rave reviews and has since clocked in over 300,000 streams across all platforms. No doubt an outstanding effort from an artist who is only just getting started.
Speaking on the track, Holly says:
"I wrote and recorded 'Palo Alto' through so many times in my life that the song became a kind of folder for memories and sentiments over a long stretch of time. I started writing it in my hometown, then continued it in Sydney (my friend lived in a building called Palo Alto), and then wrote the rest in different trips to the studio."
"It was always destined to be sun-drenched and gritty and gilded in synths and electric guitars - I wanted to find the line between the '90s, early 2000s and now, and blend all my dreams of a highway song into one. The moment this song came together, production-wise, it felt like the beginning of Jack River. It's about letting go but not giving up, melancholic-but-sure endings, and people realising magic when it's too late - even though you knew it all along."
Listen to both "Palo Alto" and "Talk Like That" below.
Pre-order Jack River's Highway Songs No. 2 EP here.