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Julia Jacklin

Monday, May 20, 2019, 3:00 AM


with Black Belt Eagle Scout
The second full-length album from Australian singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin, Crushing embodies every possible meaning of its title word. Its an album formed from sheer intensity of feeling, an in-the-moment narrative of heartbreak and infatuation. And with her storytelling centered on bodies and crossed boundaries and smothering closeness, Crushing reveals how our physical experience of the world shapes and sometimes distorts our inner lives.This album came from spending two years touring and being in a relationship, and feeling like I never had any space of my own, says the Melbourne-based artist. 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.The follow-up to her 2016 debut Dont Let the Kids Win , Crushing finds Jacklin continually acknowledging whats expected of her, then gracefully rejecting those expectations. As a result, the album invites self-examination and a possible shift in the listeners way of getting around the worldan effect that has everything to do with Jacklins openness about her own experience.I used to be so worried about seeming demanding that Id put up with anything, which I think is commonyou want to be chill and cool, but it ends up taking so much of your emotional energy, says Jacklin. Now Ive gotten used to calling out things Im not okay with, instead of just burying my feelings to make it easier on everyone. Ive realized that in order to keep the peace, you have to speak up for yourself and say what you really want.Produced by Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, The Drones) and recorded at The Grove Studios (a bushland hideaway built by INXS Garry Gary Beers), Crushing sets Jacklins 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.On the album-opening lead single Body, Jacklin proves the power of that approach, turning out a mesmerizing vocal performance even as she slips into the slightest murmur. A starkly composed portrait of a breakup, the song bears an often-bracing intimacy, a sense that youre right in the room with Jacklin as she lays her heart out. And as Body wanders and drifts, Jacklin establishes Crushing as an album that exists entirely on its own time, a work thats willfully unhurried.From there, Crushing shifts into the slow-building urgency of Head Alone, a pointed and electrifying anthem of refusal (sample lyric: I dont want to be touched all the time/I raised my body up to be mine). As a woman, in my case as a touring musician, the way youre touched is different from your male bandmatesby strangers and by those close to you, notes Jacklin. On the full-tilt, harmony-spiked Pressure to Party, she pushes toward another form of emotional freedom. When you come out of a relationship, theres so much pressure to act a certain way, says Jacklin. First its like, Oh, youve gotta take some time for yourself...but then if you take too much time its, Youve gotta get back out there! That song is just my three-minute scream, saying Im going to do what I need to do, when I need to do it. Crushing also shows Jacklins autonomy on songs like Convention, an eye-rolling dismissal of unsolicited advice, presented in elegantly sardonic lyrics (I can tell you wont sleep well, if you dont teach me how to do it right). Elsewhere on Crushing, Jacklin brings her exacting reflection to songs on loss. With its transportive harmonies and slow-burning guitar solo, Dont Know How to Keep Loving You ponders the heartache in fading affection ( I want your mother to stay friends with mine/I want this feeling to pass in time). Meanwhile, on Turn Me Downan idiosyncratically arranged track embedded with

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