Julia Jacklin Shares Video For New Single “Pressure To Party,” New Album ‘Crushing’ out 2/22 On Polyvinyl

Following critically lauded tracks “Body” and “Head Alone,” today Julia Jacklin shares the video for “Pressure To Party,” the brand new single from her forthcoming albumCrushing out next month on Polyvinyl. On the full-tilt, harmony-spiked track, Jacklin pushes towards emotional freedom. “When you come out of a relationship, there’s so much pressure to act a certain way,” explains Jacklin. “First it’s like, ‘Oh, you’ve gotta take some time for yourself’…but then if you take too much time it’s, ‘You’ve gotta get back out there!’ That song is just my three-minute scream, saying I’m going to do what I need to do, when I need to do it.”

The music video, co-directed by Julia and her long-time visual collaborator Nick Mckk, has also been released today. “I went back to the house we shot my first music video ‘Pool Party’ in, as it felt like a good visual book end for the last 3 years. We shot the video in one take. It took a few practice runs but we managed to get it done in about 4 hours. We all swam in the pool after. It was a really special day. I managed to get all of my siblings in the clip, and we hadn’t all been in the same room together for over 4 years. I also got one of my favourite bands ‘Body Type’ to wear all my old music video outfits and pretend to be my band.”

Watch The Video For “Pressure To Party”

The second full-length album from Julia Jacklin, Crushing embodies every possible meaning of its title word. It’s 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. The follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2016 debut Don’t Let the Kids Win, Crushing finds Jacklin continually acknowledging what’s expected of her, then gracefully rejecting those expectations. As a result, the album invites self-examination and a possible shift in the listener’s way of getting around the world—an effect that has everything to do with Jacklin’s openness about her own experience.

Produced by Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Liam Finn) and recorded at The Grove Studios, Crushing sets Jacklin’s 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.”

Whilst a moving and complex listen, Crushing unfolds with an ease that echoes Jacklin’s newfound self-reliance as an artist. “With the first album I was so nervous and didn’t quite see myself as a musician yet, but after touring for two years, I’ve come to feel like I deserve to be in that space,” she says. Throughout Crushing, that sense of confidence manifests in one of the most essential elements of the album: the captivating strength of Jacklin’s lyrics. Not only proof of her ingenuity and artistic generosity, Jacklin’s uncompromising specificity and infinitely unpredictable turns of phrase ultimately spring from a certain self-possession in the songwriting process.

Crushing will be released February 22nd via Polyvinyl and is available to pre-order here.

This April, Julia and her band will embark on a headlining nationwide tour with Black Belt Eagle Scout supporting, and a performance at Pickathon. Full dates below.

Word Tour Dates:

02/27 – Christchurch, New Zealand @ Blue Smoke

02/28 – Dunedin, New Zealand @ Captain Cook

03/01 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Hollywood Cinema

03/02 – Wellington, New Zealand @ San Fran

03/05 – Wollongong, Australia @ UOW Unibar

03/06 – Canberra, Australia @ ANU

03/09 – Brisbane, Australia @ Triffid

03/10 – Adelaide, Australia @ WOMADelaide

03/12 – Hobart, Australia @ Spiegeltent

03/14 – Melbourne, Australia @ Forum Theatre

03/15 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro Theatre

03/16 – Newcastle, Australia @ Cambridge Hotel

03/26 – Brighton, UK @ Haunt [SOLD OUT]

03/27 – Bristol, UK @ Fleece

03/28 – Birmingham, UK @ Castle & Falcon

03/29 – Manchester, UK @ Yes [SOLD OUT]

03/30 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans

04/02 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo [SOLD OUT]

04/03 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall

04/04 – London, UK @ Electric Brixton

04/05 – Paris, France @ Les Etoiles

04/08 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club

04/09 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso-Noord

04/10 – Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell

04/11 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow Sky Bar

04/12 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega

04/15 – Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub

04/16 – Munich, Germany @ Milla

04/17 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Bogen F

04/24 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom #

04/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s #

04/26 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott #

04/27 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB #

04/28 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern #

04/30 – Washington, DC @ DC9 #

05/01 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel #

05/02 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room #

05/03 – 05/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival

05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records #

05/08 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern #

05/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #

05/10 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge #

05/11 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar #

05/13 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge #

05/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #

05/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret #

05/18 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern #

05/19 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #

05/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall #

05/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom #

06/03 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

06/04 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda (Indoors) #

06/05 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs) #

06/06 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa #

08/03 – 08/04 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon

# w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout

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