Last year when Australia’s Julia Jacklin revealed her album Crushing, we were blown away at how wondrous it really was. After catching her several times on tour, we knew we’d hear from her again soon but we weren’t sure it would be this quickly. With two new songs out as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club, Jacklin sounds refreshed and ready for what’s next.
On “to Perth, before the border closes” Jacklin offers a swaying tone. The video directed by the singer songwriter as well is just as engaging. Though it’s the music that draws you in here. The soft approach on the vocals leading up to a build in pace and in terms of heft works well here. The haze of her vocals building up before the song reaches a boiling point is masterful, proving that Jacklin can still surprise us in the best way possible.
For “CRY” she employs more of a fifties doo wop approach. Sing song timing, her vocals fit snugly between the instrumentation while capturing your attention at the same time. The song is easy going but not sleepy, there’s hints of her past sound here with the vocals as the main focus. Yet it’s still fresh and new, and you certainly approve of the measures taken here to mix the past with the present.
The video can be viewed above or on YouTube. Both songs are available from Sub Pop Records and you can join the Sub Pop Singles Club here as well. You can also stream both tracks on all streaming sites. Julia Jacklin will appear in person on November 27 at The Gov-Main Room in Hindmarsh, Australia.
Image Credits: Photo by Nick Mckk.