For an artist that doesn’t consider herself a songwriter (just yet), Julia Jacklin sure can pen a tune.
“I just happen to be someone that writes songs,” believes Jacklin, the Blue Mountain raised, alt-folk artist who’s completely self taught, driven by dreams of escapism and making shit happen.
“I do write a lot of songs but I don’t have any real discipline and work ethic around it. It’s also pretty new to me that people are listening to my songs.”
Surprising for her, yet unsurprising for the slew of adoring listeners quickly converting to become JJ-lovers. Don’t Let The Kids Win is Jacklin’s debut album, an exceptional package, which she describes as her “early twenties in a record.”
“I’ve never really written about something that I’m not experiencing in the moment. Which probably isn’t great because it makes songwriting harder and I’m trying to work on it,” says Jacklin.
For now, we’re not too worried. Jacklin’s storytelling is penciled with effortless beauty, charming wit and honest reflection. Leading tracks; ‘Pool Party‘, ‘Coming Of Age‘ and ‘Leadlight‘ slid instantaneously into radio playlists locally and across the globe and straight into our hearts like a new friend that feels like family. Purely because Don’t Let The Kids Win is a crooning alt-folk opulence, toplined with relatable AF lyrics and tales of breakups, growing old and random realisations.
“‘Small Talk’ started because I was over-complicating my song writing, I just wanted to write a song with two chords, so I sat down and just played two chords over and over again and I was also watching scrubs and I thought wow my dad looks like Zach Braff. So that’s the first line and the rest just kind of tumbled out.”
At ground level, Don’t Let The Kids Win was sparked from a foreign concept that your grandparents and your parents are real people too, with hopes and dreams and feelings. Just like us.
“I look back on my teenage self and think oh I was a dickhead and I’m sure there were a lot of people that weren’t but you just don’t have that understanding or empathy. You don’t think about the fact that your parents have lived these entire lives without you.”
“And then it just makes you terrified about having kids, because then you’ve got to go through 20 years of them not caring about you, about what you did before they existed. But now I have this record so I can be like here you go child.”
A gift that that we’ll hold onto and play on repeat and happily pass onto the next generation, because honestly, it’s a win-win for everybody involved.
And you can wrap your ears around it now.