Albums Of The Year 2019

Julia Jacklin 'Crushing' LP

Julia Jacklin 'Crushing' LP
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 y et 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.


Catalogue number: TRANS384X

Condition: New

Label: Transgressive

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