Weekend Recall: Julia Jacklin

by Sid Feddema

Our Monday Morning Reminiscence of the weekend past

Singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin grew up in the shadow of Australia’s Blue Mountains before moving to the Sydney area. After toiling for a while in an unfulfilling factory job, she liberated herself to pursue music full-time, which resulted in the release of her critically-acclaimed debut album Don’t Let the Kids Win

Jacklin writes music that feels immediately timeless—it’s not difficult to imagine both your cool friends and your grandparents slow-dancing to her songs. At center stage is Jacklin’s mournfully emotive voice, which, when paired with clean, unadorned production, creates a sense of lonely immediacy that makes the listener feel like its just her and them. When that voice is paired with her signature slow-swaying shuffle rhythms and softly-strummed guitar, she conjures an atmosphere akin in its dreamy ethereality to a stage show in a David Lynch film. It’s sad, honest, and vivid songwriting, the kind that never goes out of style. 

We caught up with Julia as she kicked off her first North American tour since the release of Don’t Let The Kids Win. She will be headlining a handful of shows up and down the west coast before setting off on an extensive cross-country tour supporting Andy Shauf. 

First hotel of the tour. Just like me the owner really likes the colour red. Incredibly romantic vibes. 

First hotel of the tour. Just like me the owner really likes the colour red. Incredibly romantic vibes. 

Played the Bootleg in LA. Ran into an old friend of mine, the wonderful singer from New Zealand, Marlon Williams. The first tour I ever did was with him.   

Played the Bootleg in LA. Ran into an old friend of mine, the wonderful singer from New Zealand, Marlon Williams. The first tour I ever did was with him. 
 

Really enjoyed the wooden floors of our green room in San Francisco. Good for sliding and dancing.   

Really enjoyed the wooden floors of our green room in San Francisco. Good for sliding and dancing. 
 

Getting out of the tour van for a real dose of perspective, realising how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of the natural world.   

Getting out of the tour van for a real dose of perspective, realising how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of the natural world. 
 

Ignoring all that by looking at my phone whilst beautiful Northern Californian wilderness races by outside my window.   

Ignoring all that by looking at my phone whilst beautiful Northern Californian wilderness races by outside my window. 
 

Incredible colour scheme in road side motel. Wish I could make a music video here or at least be better at photography.   

Incredible colour scheme in road side motel. Wish I could make a music video here or at least be better at photography. 
 

  Ate Chowder for the first time, was damn good. Apparently you can see whales on a good day. Was getting pelted by rain at this moment. 

 

Ate Chowder for the first time, was damn good. Apparently you can see whales on a good day. Was getting pelted by rain at this moment. 

Catch Julia on her tour, dates below: 

Tue. May 2 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Wed. May 3 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
Thu. May 4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Fri. May 5 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Sat. May 6 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Mon. May 8 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr.
Tue. May 9 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Thu. May 11 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Fri. May 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
Sat. May 13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Mon. May 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café 
Tue. May 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Wed. May 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri. May 19 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
Sat. May 20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Sun. July 23 — Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Sat. July 29 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Thu. Aug 3 - Sun. Aug. 6 – Portland, OR @ Pickathon Music Festival