It was bright, it was smooth, and for Forster musician Holly Rankin aka Jack River, her performance on Triple J's 'Like A Version' was something of a bucket-list experience.
The 27-year-old stepped into the iconic studio with her band on Friday, May 31 to perform a cover of Savage Garden's 1997 hit 'Truly madly deeply'.
"It's an iconic Australian thing to be a part of, so it was scary as well," she said.
"We wanted to wait until we felt ready, and I think it worked."
Part of feeling ready involved picking the right song, with the singer wanting to cover something that stood as an anthem of her teenage years.
"I wanted to pick something a little forgotten but always remembered, if that makes sense," she said.
"I'm a big fan of Savage Garden. Their music is so incredible and they're a great example of an Aussie band that conquered the world."
Once Holly settled upon the song, she spent a day in the recording studio getting her rendition to a point she was happy with and another day rehearsing it with her band.
Unlike other 'Like A Version' performers, she didn't try to reinvent the tune but rather sought to express how the song made her feel when she listened to it, whilst adding an element of femininity and a slightly folkier, more psychedelic feel.
The addition of a saxophone solo also breathed new life into the song and won the artist a lot of praise.
"I wanted to add an iconic instrument to that solo and everybody loves a sax," she said.
The other part of the performance that stood out was Holly's outfit, with the singer donning a sparkling, spangled suit for the occasion.
"We wanted to create an early 2000s pop theme," she revealed.
"I love a bit of shiny and it's been a bit of a theme of this album cycle, so I thought I'd bring it out one more time."
Holly said the response to the performance had been incredible, with the audience singing along to every word when they'd played it at their most recent shows.
It also got the tick of approval from Savage Garden singer, Darren Hayes, who tweeted: "Stunning cover of 'Truly.. ' by the effervescent @jackrivermusic - including sax solo. Gorgeous."
With a deluxe edition of her debut album Sugar Mountain released on May 31 and her current Australian tour not yet complete, Holly won't be slowing down just yet, but said she was looking forward to getting back to Forster in the coming months to plan next year's Grow Your Own festival.
Her next show is at The Gov in Hindmarsh, Adelaide on Friday, June 14.
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