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Julia Jacklin 'Crushing' Out Today + Touring NZ Next week

Published: Fri 22 Feb 2019 10:28 AM
Album Of The Week - bFM, RDU, Radio One, Beat Magazine, The Skinny, Loud & Quiet, Dork, Vinyl Me Please, The AU Review
‘With these elegantly devastating songs, Julia carves out a space, and a class, all of her own’ - MOJO (8/10)
‘Crushing is a dark exploration of the desolation following a breakup, but the bitter medicine is sweetened by Jacklin’s voice and the occasional garage rush’
- Uncut (8/10)
‘You’re left haunted and amazed by the record's ability to feel so intimate yet so relatable.’ - The Music (4.5 stars)
‘...it’s evident throughout Crushing that she’s an artist who knows what they want and knows how to ask for it.’ - The Line Of Best Fit
'Might as well just say this straight away: the list for “best of the year” albums starts with this remarkable, mature second album by Australia's Julia Jacklin.' - Elsewhere.co.nz
Liberation Records are today honoured to be releasing Julia Jacklin’s devastatingly brilliant sophomore album Crushing into the world. Born from feelings of heartbreak, infatuation and loss, Crushing embodies all meanings of its title delivered in a 10-track masterpiece.
In celebration of the album’s release, Julia launched her Crushing world tour last night at Perth Festival. Julia will bring her album to life to New Zealand fans from next week playing her biggest rooms to date. Julia’s Crushing world tour will then jet off to Australia, the UK, Europe, USA and Canada with back to back shows from late March through to June.
We’ve been treated to four tracks from Crushing to date; each with their own striking visual created by the unstoppable collaboration between Julia and her long-time friend, Nick Mckk. ‘Body’ came first - a starkly composed portrait of a breakup. Then came ‘Head Alone’ - a pointed and electrifying anthem of refusal. ‘Pressure To Party’ seeks emotional freedom following a break up and the latest, taster track ‘Comfort’, marries delicate guitar strums with Julia’s glaring vocal, perhaps desperately convincing us (and her) that it will be alright. The remaining six tracks take the listener on a truly raw, emotional journey.
Remarkably generous in its open nature, it further cements Jacklin’s place as a future alt-country great.' - The Skinny (4/5)
'Singer-songwriter delivers wounded but defiant second LP.' - Q Magazine (4/5)
'Crushing by name and crushing by nature, the singer-songwriter's second album is the sonic equivalent of cracking a smirk and jabbing your knee at an offending man-spreader' - NME (4/5)
'As a performer, she’s mesmerising: self-possessed and supremely unhurried, as she demonstrates how, just two years after the release of her debut album, her songwriting has matured to a level most artists twice her age would envy.'
- The Independent
'Julia Jacklin's songwriting feels too big for conventional structures. Her latest bursts with rambley pent-up energy, a 3-minute-long head-thrashing confession.'
- The FADER
Julia’s intrinsic ability to allow us into her most intimate thoughts while evoking starkly relatable emotions through her songwriting is brought to the fore on Crushing. This, teamed with her undeniable aesthetic and shattering live show, has seen Julia attract wide-spread global appeal. Praise and support has flooded in from Spotify, Apple, community radio, triple j, BBC Radio 6, NPR, Paste Magazine (including this stunning live session), Uncut Magazine, NME, Mojo, The Independent, Q Magazine, DIY, The Guardian, Gusher and the covers of Loud & Quiet and EG and Shortlist - with much more still to come.
Produced by Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Liam Finn) and recorded at The Grove Studios in NSW, Crushing is an album formed from sheer intensity of feeling, and an in-the-moment narrative of heartbreak and infatuation. With her storytelling centred on bodies and crossed boundaries and smothering closeness, Crushing reveals how our physical experience of the world shapes and sometimes distorts our inner lives.
Crushing is available now on digital, CD and vinyl formats.

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