Singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin crafts a seamless meld of dreamy indie pop, tense indie rock, and confessional alt-country that evokes names like Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, and Caitlin Rose. Her first album, 2016′s Don't Let the Kids Win, reached the Top 50 in her native Australia. Three years later, she went all the way to number eight with the follow-up, the breakup-themed Crushing. Written on a Roland keyboard instead of guitar, her third album, 2022′s PRE PLEASURE, featured more expansive arrangements including appearances by a full orchestra.
Born in Sydney, Jacklin was raised in a family of educators in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. Upon discovering Britney Spears at the age of ten, and eventually Avril Lavigne and Evanescence in high school, Jacklin decided to shift her focus from a future in social work to a career in music. As her tastes changed, so did her songwriting style, and by her early twenties she was drawing from a much deeper well of artistic expression, citing artists like Fiona Apple, Anna Calvi, and Appalachian folk trio Mountain Man as inspirations. By day, Jacklin was working in a factory that made essential oils, and by evening, she was honing her skills on-stage and in the studio. A pair of singles, “Pool Party” and “Coming of Age,” drew praise both at home and in the U.K., and in 2016 she released her debut full-length, Don't Let the Kids Win, on indie labels Transgressive in the U.K. and Europe, Polyvinyl in the U.S., and Liberation Music in Australia and New Zealand. The album reached number 42 in Australia and was followed by an extensive tour of Europe in 2017.
In mid-2018, Polyvinyl released a self-titled album by Jacklin’s more upbeat indie rock band Phantastic Ferniture, and that September, she opened shows for First Aid Kid in the States. In the meantime, Jacklin recorded her second album with producer Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Liam Finn), who was given a mandate to leave in natural sounds like breathing and instrument creaks. The resulting Crushing arrived on the same labels in early 2019 and rose to number eight in Australia. Accompanied by a world tour, Crushing also marked her debuts on the Billboard Heatseekers (number 12) and Independent Albums charts (number 32).
Jacklin recorded her next album with producer Marcus Paquin (the Weather Station, Richard Reed Parry) and a band that included members of the Weather Station. Some of the tracks also featured a full orchestra with arrangements by Owen Pallett. The completed PRE PLEASURE was released on Polyvinyl/Transgressive/Liberation in August 2022. ~ James Christopher Monger & Marcy Donelson