Julia Jacklin: “I’m always trying to write songs that sound like they’d play over the end credits in a film”

Julia Jacklin
(Image credit: Nick Mckk)

Hell hath no fury like Julia Jacklin’s determination to make you feel things. The Blue Mountains-born, Sydney-raised and Melbourne-based indie stalwart cut her teeth on songs like ‘Pool Party’ and ‘Motherland’, which in addition to being stellar tracks from her stellar debut, 2016’s Don’t Let The Kids Win, share the commonality of being gut-wrenching punches of raw, unrestrained emotion. Jacklin went even more intense on 2019’s Crushing, an album baring her soul with such ardent poignancy that one front-to-back listen would straight-up kill one of the seven dwarves.

In the years since she gave us Crushing, Jacklin has done a fair bit of living: she’s seen new places, met new people and, perhaps most importantly, felt new emotions. Her third full-length effort, Pre Pleasure, is reflective of that: it’s a record of growth, Jacklin headstrong in her endeavour to mine from new sources of creativity. As she noted in a statement preceding the new album’s release, “Making a record to me has always just been about the experience, a new experience in a new place with a new person at the desk, taking the plunge and just seeing what happens.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…