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Julia Jacklin Shares a Video for “Head Alone”

Crushing Due Out February 22, 2019 via Polyvinyl

Nov 28, 2018
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Australian singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin is releasing her sophomore album, Crushing, on February 22, 2019 via Polyvinyl. Previously she shared two songs from the album: "Body" (which was one of our Songs of the Week) and "Head Alone" (which was also one of our Songs of the Week). Now she has shared a video for "Head Alone." Nick Mckk directed the clip, which features Jacklin running down a suburban street in slow motion. Watch it below, followed by her upcoming tour dates.

Jacklin had this to say about the video in a press release: "We shot this clip in the streets of Melbourne last minute before tour. We waited until golden hour, Nick sat in the back of a car while my friend Tom drove and we just tried it as many times as we could before we lost light. This was the last take; I was exhausted from chasing the car but I think it worked because I gave up being graceful. I couldn't think of what to do for this song because the words mean a lot to me and I didn't want to distract people from the song. I just wanted to act the way the song makes me feel. Empowered and hopeful. Felt sick from the exhaust fumes but I think we captured the feeling."

Jacklin released her debut album, Don't Let the Kids Win, on Polyvinyl in 2016. This past summer Jacklin released another album as part of the trio Phantastic Ferniture. Their self-titled album also came out via Polyvinyl.

Jacklin had this to say about "Head Alone" in a previous press release: "I wrote most of 'Head Alone' on tour, singing it to myself, looking out the window on endless car journeys. It's 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's it's okay to enforce boundaries, the good people in your life will listen, adapt and still love you." 

Jacklin says Crushing addresses similar themes: "This album came from spending two years touring and being in a relationship, and feeling like I never had any space of my own. For a long time I felt like my head was full of fear and my body was just this functional thing that carried me from point A to B, and writing these songs was like rejoining the two."

Jacklin seems pleased with the results: "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."

To sum up the experience of recording Crushing, Jacklin says: "As I was making this album there was sort of a slow loosening of pressure on myself. There've been some big life changes for me over the last few years, and I just found it too tiring to try to cover things up with a lot of metaphors and word trickery. I just wanted to lay it all out there and trust that, especially at such a tense moment in time, other people might want to hear a little vulnerability."

Julia Jacklin Tour Dates:

11/28 - Manchester, UK @ YES [SOLD OUT]
11/29 - Glasgow, UK @ Glad Cafe [SOLD OUT]
12/29 - Woodford, Australia @ Woodford Folk Festival
02/21 - Perth, Australia @ Perth Festival
02/27 - Christchurch, New Zealand @ Blue Smoke
02/28 - Dunedin, New Zealand @ Refuel
03/01 - Auckland, New Zealand @ Hollywood Cinema
03/02 - Wellington, New Zealand @ San Fran
03/05 - Wollongong, Australia @ UOW Unibar
03/06 - Canberra, Australia @ ANU
03/09 - Brisbane, Australia @ Triffid
03/08 - 03/11 - Adelaide, Australia @ WOMADelaide 
03/14 - Melbourne, Australia @ Forum Theatre
03/15 - Sydney, Australia @ Metro Theatre
03/16 - Newcastle, Australia @ Cambridge Hotel
03/26 - Brighton, UK @ Haunt
03/27 - Bristol, UK @ Fleece
03/28 - Birmingham, UK @ Castle & Falcon
03/29 - Manchester, UK @ Yes
03/30 - Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans
04/02 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
04/03 - Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
04/04 - London, UK @ Electric Brixton
04/05 - Paris, France @ Les Etoiles
04/08 - Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club
04/09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso-Noord
04/10 - Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell
04/11 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow Sky Bar
04/12 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
04/15 - Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub
04/16 - Munich, Germany @ Milla
04/17 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Bogen F
04/24 - New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom #
04/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's #
04/26 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott #
04/27 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB #
04/28 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern #
04/30 - Washington, DC @ DC9 #
05/01 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter #
05/02 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle Back Room #
05/03 - 05/05 - Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/06 - Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records #
05/08 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern #
05/09 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #
05/10 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge #
05/11 - Kansas City, MO @ recordBar #
05/13 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge #
05/14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #
05/17 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret #
05/18 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern #
05/19 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
05/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall #
05/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom #
06/03 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
06/04 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda (Indoors) #
06/05 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs) #
06/06 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa #

# w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout

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