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No relation to golf's Tony, Julia Jacklin is an Australian singer songwriter who has quit her job in an essential oils factory in order to concentrate on her music career. Despite the Jenny Hval-ish sleeve art this is a much more traditional fayre the kind of gentle rolling alt folk that might appeal to fans of Neko Case and Angel Olsen

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Don’t Let The Kids Win by Julia Jacklin
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 06 October 2016

The year’s most photoshoppable album cover goes with a pretty great record, actually, don’t you know. Julia Jacklin just knows. She knows how to make good, lilting, twanging, feeling songs, how to make soft rock sound big and significant, through melodies and melancholy and the occasional out-of-line climax. If it was my turn to photoshop that album cover, I’d put me in the armchair next to Jacklin, crying and clapping.

What are the influences? I can’t say I’m sure, but they’re worn on the sleeves: this record is one of those infinitely cosy rock records where the production is widened in scope just so that each instrument can feel more cushioning: the basslines are warm and toasty, like the ones on an Angel Olsen record, while the traced-paper guitar riffs sound like cold weather happening outside, a la some of the goings-on of recent Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam tunes. It’s traditional sound makes for that kind of record: sad and reflective, but very much taking a winter holiday.

There are moments where Jacklin channels a punkier element, offsetting the archaic and sparse folk rock with guitars that aggress and digress, as heavy-handed with the distortion and fullness as a John Congleton-produced record on the other side of the world. On the flip, Jacklin often leaves it all to bare minimum, as on the picked “Coming of Age” and its electric counterpart, “Elizabeth”, which grows from Buckley-emptied strums to a Sharon Van Etten rock show. For the most part, though, it’s the middle ground -- the bits where Jacklin’s just making conventional rock music light on arrangements but heavy on heart -- where the earth gets scorched the best.

10/10 Susan Customer rating (no review), 19th December 2018


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