Julia Jacklin: 'I was too tired to try to be anything more than I was'
The Australian songwriter felt burnt out and condescended to following the success of her debut album. Her latest, Crushing, is a bold reclamation
Growing up in the Blue Mountains just outside Sydney, Julia Jacklin was as drawn to Top 40 pop artists of the early 2000s – think Britney and Avril – as she was to the Billy Bragg and Doris Day records in her parents’ record collection. Life in suburbia informed her 2016 debut, Don’t Let the Kids Win. She confessed, on this collection of coming-of-age songs that blended folk and country traditions and was held together by her measured yet otherworldly voice, to her fear of failing at this new, hopeful life as a musician.
Failure never came to pass – the album drew comparisons with the likes of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten and found success in the UK, a country long receptive to the charms of Australia’s finest shaggy songwriters. As she found her footing, Jacklin learned that success meant leaving behind everything that felt familiar. She is a relatively new transplant to Melbourne, where we meet. Eight months ago, she packed up her life in Sydney after realising, following years on the road, that her “sense of home was not in a city any more, it was in people”.
Source: The Guardian – Julia Jacklin: 'I was too tired to try to be anything more than I was'