Julia Jacklin Shares Acoustic Backstage Video for “Comfort”

Crushing Out Now via Polyvinyl

Apr 16, 2019
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Australian singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin released her sophomore album, Crushing, in February via Polyvinyl. Now she has shared an acoustic video where she performs the album's "Comfort" backstage. It was recorded last fall when she was on tour with First Aid Kit. Watch it below, followed by her upcoming tour dates, including some U.S. ones that kick off later this month.

Pick up our current print issue (Issue 65) to read our interview with Julia Jacklin on Crushing.

Previously Jacklin shared two songs from Crushing: "Body" (which was one of our Songs of the Week) and "Head Alone" (which was also one of our Songs of the Week), as well as a video for "Head Alone." Then she shared a video for another new song, "Pressure to Party," which was also one of our Songs of the Week. Then she shared a video for another new song, "Comfort," and streamed the album a week early via NPR First Listen.

Jacklin released her debut album, Don't Let the Kids Win, on Polyvinyl in 2016. Last 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:

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 @ The Camel # 
05/02 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle Back Room # 
05/04 - 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 #
06/08 - 06/09 - Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival 
07/12 - 07/14 - Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/18 - 07/21 - Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival 
07/30 - Missoula, MT @ Kettlehouse Amphitheater mce_markernbsp;
07/31 - Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden mce_markernbsp;
08/03 - 08/04 - Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon 
08/05 - San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's $
08/08 - Bend, OR @ Athletic Club of Bend $
08/09 - Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre $
08/11 - Redmond, WA @ Marymoor $
08/15 - 08/18 - Powys, UK @ Green Man Festival

# w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
$ w/ Lord Huron & Shakey Graves

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