JULIA JACKLIN – ” Pressure To Party “

Posted: February 27, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Autonomy can be damn frightening. The realization that arrivies after a breakup, before a solo move, following a graduation, etc.—that you’re actually in this thing alone and it’s only you in the driver’s seat can leave you feeling scared silly. Or it can leave you feeling high on independence and excitement. Julia Jacklin’s “Crushing” is a striking search for self, a call to upend that which tethers you down. But it’s also rooted, deeply, in a sense of calm.

The Aussie songwriter’s ability to process emotion is out-of-this-world sharp, and this album is her best, most piercing work to date. This album “Crushing” can change from melodic balladry to anthemic rock at the drop of a hat. And for its entirety, Jacklin, slowly gaining cred as one of the most underrated singer/songwriters working, basks in a newfound clarity. Crushing is the brave story of a woman, and an artist coming into her own. Securing that agency, however, was no walk in the park. Jacklin clearly had to sort through mountains of wreckage to arrive here, but the album’s autobiographical nature is what makes it so affecting. Jacklin has said, and in writing it, she realized “how not very special” she is (evident in “Body” as she sings, “It’s just my body / I guess it’s just my life”). But in recognizing the non-exclusivity of her experiences, she made something singular.

This video for “Pressure To Party” (directed by Julia and Nick Mckk) features Julia and her siblings, plus a guest appearance from Body Type.

Julia Jacklin performs “Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You” for a World Cafe Session with contributing host, Kallao. Recorded live at WXPN Studios in Philadelphia on 1/23/2019.

New album ‘Crushing’ out February 22nd 2019

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