Towards the end of last year, Julia Jacklin announced her new album Crushing. The LP will be her second overall solo effort, coming a few years after her excellent debut Don’t Let The Kids Win. Of course, we haven’t been without new material from the artist as just last year she put out a very good album with her new side-project band Phantastic Ferniture. And although she may not have a wealth of material under her belt just yet, it’s safe to say that whatever she does is sure to be something special. Crushing already looks to be just that, as we’ve been able to hear a number of singles from the LP. Each one has shown new shades to Jacklin, and have ultimately pointed to the new album maybe being the best thing she’s put out yet. In fact, I can now happily confirm that that is very much the case for today she’s shared the full album a week early.
The early stream of Crushing of course comes from the fine folks at NPR, who have had a great history at giving us all these First Listen streams of anticipated albums. Not only have they shared some big releases from bigger names, but they’ve also used this as a platform to highlight some artists they feel should be on your radar. So although Julia Jacklin might not be the biggest name in music (yet), NPR feels as though Crushing is something you’re definitely not going to want to miss. And, uh yeah, they’re totally right about that. Throughout her debut and even with last year’s Phantastic Ferniture project, Jacklin has been a bit guarded in her lyrics. But with Crushing she’s made a conscious decision to write more openly from the heart, and it’s paid off remarkably well. Her style hasn’t necessarily shifted, but her pointedly direct lyrics certainly cut through more easily, delivering an album that feels utterly personal yet generally relatable. This may very well be the album that’ll plant Jacklin as one of the best modern songwriters.
Stream the entirety of Crushing right here.
But wait! That’s not all the Julia Jacklin news for today. She’s also just dropped a new video for album closer “Comfort.” The sparse, heart-wrenching new song is the perfect one to share on this loneliest (or loveliest, depending on your situation) of holidays, Valentine’s Day. Check out the video down below.
Crushing is officially out February 22. Pre-order it via Polyvinyl Records here.