Jack River’s “Ballroom” Video is a Gossip Girl-Worthy Teen Fantasy

The Foster, NSW musician's new video actually makes clubbing look fun.

When I was about fifteen, I was Tumblr-famous. Not real world famous, but well-known enough to a certain kind of indie teen who spent their nights in the cult-like black hole that Tumblr was circa 2013. Anyway, the key to my quasi-success (apart from manic diary entries) was that I only reblogged something if it looked like it could feasibly be a Puberty Blues screenshot or a photo from inside a nightclub. Or what I imagined a nightclub to look like: hazy, lit in neon, walls lined with metallic tassels, probably hotties pashing in a cushy enclave. Sadly, clubs are not like that! Clubs are terrible terrible places filled with terrible terrible people.

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Not in Jack River’s world, though! Her “Ballroom” video is the kind of thing that fifteen-year-old me would have reblogged the shit out of. Like a scene taken from Gossip Girl, it’s set in a club filled with beautiful neon lighting and hotties pashing and, somewhat inexplicably, a swimming pool. The song is the kind of 2010s indie throwback that Jack River has come to excel at –– a kind of Killers-lite guitar-based pop track that feels engineered to elicit dancing and/or tears and/or nostalgia for youth. But, like the best teen club scenes, “Ballroom” is tinged with angst: “All these people in the room,” River sings, “But I just wanna be alone.” Let me tell you, from someone who knows: that would have made a great Tumblr bio.

Jack River is playing shows in support of “Ballroom” from mid-March. Find the details at her website.

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