An Australian singer/songwriter whose seamless meld of dreamy indie pop and confessional alt-country invokes names like Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, and Caitlin Rose, Julia 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, via London-based indie label Transgressive in the U.K. and Polyvinyl in the U.S. The album's release was followed by an extensive tour of Europe in 2017. Late the following year, Jacklin shared the single "Head Alone" from her forthcoming sophomore record. Crushing was produced by Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, the Drones) and the ten-track record was conceived on the road. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi