Julia Jacklin has delivered a foray of news overnight revealing her new album Crushing will drop 22 February featuring the brand new single Head Alone alongside the news of her biggest New Zealand tour to date in February/March 2019!
Julia’s stunning new offering Head Alone, is the second single from her forthcoming sophomore album. Head Alone, a pointed and electrifying anthem of refusal, follows the devastating first single Body. While upbeat in rhythm, Head Alone maintains the pointed, complex lyricism Julia has become synonymous for.
Head Alone is not a song that comes from a singular experience. It came from two years of feeling like the space around me shrinking to the point where I couldn't even raise my arms. This song is me raising my arms and running into an open field. A bit of a plea to those around me to give me space and a song to remind myself that it's okay to enforce boundaries, the good people in your life will listen, adapt and still love you - Julia Jacklin
With Head Alone and Body marking the poignant return of Julia Jacklin, Liberation Records are thrilled to reveal Julia’s hugely anticipated second album titled Crushing will be released on Friday 22 February 2019 - Polyvinyl for the US and Transgressive for the UK/ Europe.
Across 10 incredible tracks, Crushing embodies every possible meaning of its title word. It’s an album formed from sheer intensity of feeling, an in-the-moment narrative of heartbreak and infatuation. Whilst a moving and complex listen, Crushing unfolds with an ease that echoes Jacklin’s newfound self-reliance as an artist. With Julia’s storytelling centered on bodies, crossed boundaries and smothering closeness, Crushing reveals how our physical experience of the world shapes and sometimes distorts our inner lives.
I really like this album, I worked hard on it and I really like listening to it. That's not usually how I feel after making something. I've finally come to accept that right now for me, making records is about capturing a time; who I am at that time, what I need to say in the best way I can say it, with minimal studio frills to cover it up. So I'm really happy to announce this one and ready for whatever things get thrown my way because of it
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.”
Crushing follows Julia’s most recent release, the Eastwick/Cold Caller double A-side (released 17 September 2017), and her critically acclaimed debut album, Don’t Let The Kids Win (released 7 October 2016) featuring Pool Party, Leadlight and Coming of Age,. The album went on to achieve stunning critical acclaim across the globe saw the artist tour the world non-stop following its release. Jacklin was awarded ‘Next Big Thing’ at the FBi SMAC Awards, Best Independent Blues and Roots album at the AIR Awards and was nominated for two ARIA Awards and Album of the Year at the J Awards in 2017.
Having just finalised a huge run of US tour dates across September and October supporting First Aid Kit, Julia returned to home soil for a quick break before heading to the UK this month for sold out headline dates across London, Manchester and Glasgow.
Crushing is a masterpiece and Julia Jacklin’s live shows are simply captivating. We look forward to welcoming both early in 2019.
New Zealand Tour Dates
Wed 27 Feb Blue Smoke, Christchurch, NZ
Thu 28 Feb U-Bar, Dunedin, NZ
Fri 1 Mar Hollywood Cinema, Auckland, NZ
Sat 2 Mar San Fran, Wellington, NZ
Tickets available at juliajacklin.com
Crushing available for pre-order here