Talk about an emotionally and socially charged album - Julia Jacklin’s Crushing is a classic singer-songwriter’s dive into body image, love, and social life primarily. I’d like to double-click on the first song on the album: Body. Julia describes this track to NPR as “A very long and exaggerated sigh” that was “Born from feelings of powerlessness when it comes to the impossible task of representing yourself the way you think is right, personally and professionally.” The song hinges on a real-life scenario where her ex has a naked photograph of her and she’s contemplating whether or not he would use it against her.
“I remembered early days
when you took my camera
turned to me, 23, naked on your bed looking straight at ya
do you still have that photograph
would you use it to hurt me?”
I’m sure there are very few of us that would understand the impact this type of scenario would have with the fame that this Australian singer-songwriter now has. If you’re interested in a serene dive into these topics, Crushing by Julia Jacklin is the album to listen to today or the next time you kick your feet up on your front porch rocking chair.
Release date: February 22nd, 2019
Similar artist(s): Angel Olsen, Stella Donnelly, Big Thief
Top tracks: Body, Pressure To Party, Don't Know How To Keep Loving You