JULIA JACKLIN - CRUSHING VINYL (LTD. ED. GREEN GATEFOLD)
LIMITED EDITION GREEN VINYL GATEFOLD
Release Date: 22nd February 2019
The second album from the incredibly talented Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin (who also plays in the band Phantastic Ferniture that released an excellent self-titled debut record last year). Crushing is a wonderfully crafted intricate indie-folk-rock record of mesmeric proportion - taking you from epic, emotional epilogues to hushed hymnals and fun-filled frenzies to lighten the mood. One of the best of it's kind this year!
FFO: Big Thief, Phantastic Ferniture, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen
"The second full-length album from Julia Jacklin, ‘Crushing’, embodies every possible meaning of its title. It’s an album formed from sheer intensity of feeling, an in-the-moment narrative of heartbreak and infatuation. And with her storytelling centred on bodies and crossed boundaries and smothering closeness, ‘Crushing’ reveals how our physical experience of the world shapes and sometimes distorts our inner lives. The follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2016 debut ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’, ‘Crushing’ finds Jacklin continually acknowledging what’s expected of her, then gracefully rejecting those expectations. As a result, the album invites self-examination and a possible shift in the listener’s way of getting around the world - an effect that has everything to do with Jacklin’s openness about her own experience. Produced by Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Liam Finn) and recorded at The Grove Studios, ‘Crushing’ sets Jacklin’s understated defiance against a raw yet luminous sonic backdrop. “In all the songs, you can hear every sound from every instrument; you can hear my throat and hear me breathing,” she says. “It was really important to me that you can hear everything for the whole record, without any studio tricks getting in the way.” Whilst a moving and complex listen, ‘Crushing’ unfolds with an ease that echoes Jacklin’s newfound self-reliance as an artist. “With the first album I was so nervous and didn’t quite see myself as a musician yet, but after touring for two years, I’ve come to feel like I deserve to be in that space,” she says. Throughout ‘Crushing’ that sense of confidence manifests in one of the most essential elements of the album: the captivating strength of Jacklin’s lyrics. Not only proof of her ingenuity and artistic generosity, Jacklin’s uncompromising specificity and infinitely unpredictable turns of phrase ultimately spring from a certain self- possession in the songwriting process."