JULIA JACKLIN – ” Lydia Wears a Cross “

Posted: May 13, 2022 in MUSIC

It’s a great week to be a Julia Jacklin fan: The Australian singer/songwriter has announced her third album, “Pre Pleasure” (Due August 26th, Polyvinyl Record Co.), shared the video for its lead single and opener, “Lydia Wears a Cross,” and announced a 2022 world tour. Since releasing her debut album “Don’t Let the Kids Win” in 2016, Melbourne’s Julia Jacklin has carved out a fearsome reputation as a direct lyricist, willing to excavate the parameters of intimacy and agency in songs both stark and raw, loose, and playful. If her debut announced those intentions, and the startling 2019 follow-up “Crushing” drew in listeners uncomfortably close, “Pre Pleasure” is the sound of Jacklin gently loosening her grip.

“Lydia Wears a Cross” finds Jacklin examining religion through her childhood eyes over sparsely atmospheric drum machine and piano—at least at first. “I’d be a believer / If it was all just song and dance,” she insists over an indistinct guitar riff, unable to feel a connection to her spirituality except through the transportive power of performance. Live drums and synths kick in unexpectedly as the song builds, and Jacklin vocalizes wordlessly through its climax, as if finally finding the transcendence she was seeking.

“Lydia Wears A Cross” is taken from Julia Jacklin’s new album, “Pre Pleasure”, out August 26th, 2022.

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