Julia Jacklin to release new album 'Crushing' and announces NZ tour

Julia Jacklin has delivered a foray of news overnight revealing her new album Crushing will drop 22 February featuring the brand new single ‘Head Alone’ alongside the news of her biggest New Zealand tour to date in February/March 2019!

Julia’s stunning new offering ‘Head Alone’, is the second single from her forthcoming sophomore album. ‘Head Alone’, a pointed and electrifying anthem of refusal, follows the devastating first single ‘Body’. While upbeat in rhythm, ‘Head Alone’ maintains the pointed, complex lyricism Julia has become synonymous for.

“‘Head Alone’ is not a song that comes from a singular experience. It came from two years of feeling like the space around me shrinking to the point where I couldn't even raise my arms. This song is me raising my arms and running into an open field. A bit of a plea to those around me to give me space and a song to remind myself that it's okay to enforce boundaries, the good people in your life will listen, adapt and still love you.”
- Julia Jacklin

With ‘Head Alone’ and ‘Body’ marking the poignant return of Julia Jacklin, Liberation Records are thrilled to reveal Julia’s hugely anticipated second album titled Crushing will be released on Friday 22 February 2019 - Polyvinyl for the US and Transgressive for the UK/ Europe.

Across 10 incredible tracks, 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. Whilst a moving and complex listen, Crushing unfolds with an ease that echoes Jacklin’s newfound self-reliance as an artist. With Julia’s storytelling centered on bodies, crossed boundaries and smothering closeness, Crushing reveals how our physical experience of the world shapes and sometimes distorts our inner lives.

“I really like this album, I worked hard on it and I really like listening to it. That's not usually how I feel after making something. I've finally come to accept that right now for me, making records is about capturing a time; who I am at that time, what I need to say in the best way I can say it, with minimal studio frills to cover it up. So I'm really happy to announce this one and ready for whatever things get thrown my way because of it,” Julia explains of the album.

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.”

Crushing follows Julia’s most recent release, the Eastwick/Cold Caller double A-side (released 17 September 2017), and her critically acclaimed debut album, Don’t Let The Kids Win (released 7 October 2016) featuring ‘Pool Party’, ‘Leadlight’ and ‘Coming of Age’. The album went on to achieve stunning critical acclaim across the globe saw the artist tour the world non-stop following its release. Jacklin was awarded ‘Next Big Thing’ at the FBi SMAC Awards, Best Independent Blues and Roots album at the AIR Awards and was nominated for two ARIA Awards and Album of the Year at the J Awards in 2017.

Having just finalised a huge run of US tour dates across September and October supporting First Aid Kit, Julia returned to home soil for a quick break before heading to the UK this month for sold out headline dates across London, Manchester and Glasgow.

Julia Jacklin New Zealand Tour

Wed 27 Feb Blue Smoke, Christchurch, NZ
Thu 28 Feb U-Bar, Dunedin, NZ
Fri 1 Mar Hollywood Cinema, Auckland, NZ
Sat 2 Mar San Fran, Wellington, NZ

Tickets via juliajacklin.com

International Dates:
Sat 29 Dec Woodford Folk Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Thu 21 Feb Perth Festival, Perth, WA
Tue 5 Mar UOW Unibar | Wollongong
Wed 6 Mar ANU | Canberra
Sat 9 Mar The Triffid | Brisbane
Sun 10 Mar WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Thu 14 Mar The Forum | Melbourne
Fri 15 Mar Metro Theatre | Sydney
Sat 16 Mar Cambridge Hotel | Newcastle
Tue 26 Mar Haunt, Brighton, UK
Wed 27 Mar Fleece, Bristol, UK
Thu 28 Mar Castle & Falcon, Birmingham, UK
Fri 29 Mar Yes, Manchester, UK
Sat 30 Mar Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
Tue 2 Apr Stereo, Glasgow, UK
Wed 3 Apr Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, UK
Thu 4 Apr Electric Brixton, London, UK
Fri 5 Apr Les Etoiles, Paris, France
Mon 8 Apr AB Club, Brussels, Belgium
Tue 9 Apr Paradiso-Noord, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wed 10 Apr Blue Shell, Cologne, Germany
Thu 11 Apr Molotow Sky Bar, Hamburg, Germany
Fri 12 Apr Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mon 15 Apr Privatclub, Berlin, Germany
Tue 16 Apr Milla, Munich, Germany
Wed 17 Apr Bogen F, Zurich
Wed 24 Apr Bowery Ballroom, New York NY w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Thu 25 Apr Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Fri 26 Apr Great Scott, Boston MA w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Sat 27 Apr Bar le Ritz, Montreal QC w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Sun 28 Apr Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Tue 30 Apr DC9, Washington DC w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Wed 1 May Strange Matter, Richmond VA w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Thu 2 May Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Mon 6 May Third Man, Nashville TN w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Wed 8 May Schubas, Chicago IL w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Thu 9 May 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Fri 10 May Reverb, Omaha NE w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Sat 11 May Recordbar, Kansas City MO w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Mon 13 May Larimer Lounge, Denver CO w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Tue 14 May Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Fri 17 May Fox Cabaret, Vancouver BC w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Sat 18 May Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Sun 19 May Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Tue 21 May Swedish American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
Thu 23 May Teragram, Los Angeles CA
Mon 3 Jun Club Dada, Dallas TX
Tue 4 Jun Barracuda (Inside), Austin TX w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Wed 5 Jun White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs), Houston TX w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
Thu 6 Jun Gasa Gasa, New Orleans LA w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout