“Cold Caller” is the second track from Julia Jacklin’s exceptional “Eastwick”/”Cold Caller”AA-side single which drops digitally today and on limited edition vinyl tomorrow on Transgressive Records. Following the release of the video for “Eastwick” (which is available to watch HERE), “Cold Caller” is a beautiful ode to Jacklin’s sister. Jacklin explains how “Cold Caller” and the 7” came to be:
“I started writing this song when my older sister told me she was pregnant. I know people get pregnant all the time but this was different, this was my sister. The one who explained tampons to me, told me what kissing felt like, convinced mum to let me shave my legs, sung ”Boys of Summer” acapella at the school talent quest.
“I went to New Zealand to record this 7 inch and on the first day she went into labour, I was checking my phone every 10 mins but managed to write the second part of the song. That night I had all these crazy nightmares, where she kept disappearing into the dark and every time I caught up to her she’d slip out of my hands again. Woke up in an absolute state to the news that she had given birth to a healthy baby boy. I went into the studio and recorded this song. So this is for her, my wonderful sister Emma.”
The release of the 7” rounds up an absolute dream run for the singer-songwriter who, following captivating sets at Field Day, Primavera, Latitude, Green Man and End Of The Road, will see the rest of 2017 continuing to circumnavigate the globe on her final tour of the year, with huge headline shows across the UK, US and Canada. The UK tour will call at Portsmouth, Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Nottingham before culminating in Jacklin’s biggest London show to date at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 9th2017. Tickets are available here and a full itinerary is below.
Fresh from a performance at Field Day Festival in London and ahead of appearances at Glastonbury, Latitude, Green Man, End Of The Road and more (all live dates are below), Julia Jacklin has announced a new 7" to be released via Transgressive Records on September 15th 2017. The first single “Eastwick” is a captivating, slow building track, inspired by a night in front of the TV watching Dancing With The Stars. It is accompanied by another mesmerising self-directed video, starring Jacklin and her bass player Harrison Fuller, and shot in Blue Mountains suburbia in Australia.
Jacklin today also announces a UK headline tour for November, which will see her playing her biggest London show to date at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 9th 2017 (tickets are available here
ON SALE ON FRIDAY AT 9AM).
Julia Jacklin grew up in the Blue Mountains, NSW. As a kid, she sang. First classical music, then pop-punk tunes in a high-school covers band. By the time she moved to Sydney in her early 20s,
she’d cobbled together sketches of her own – observational folk songs laced with a melancholic ache, but buoyed with a wry humour and Jacklin’s rich, distinctive voice.
Fleshing them out at sporadic DIY shows and songwriter nights around Sydney, Jacklin collected a band of friends and headed to New Zealand to record with Ben Edwards(Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid). Three weeks later, she returned home with her debut album - Don’t Let The Kids Win.
“I thought it was going to be a heartbreak record,” says Jacklin. “But in hindsight I see it was about hitting 24 and being like wait, this isn't what I imagined this part of my life to look like. I thought I was going to be a lot more impressive. This record came from the mad rush to make something before any more time passed me by.”
Don’t Let The Kids Win was released in October 2016. And something happened: Jacklin’s conviction was realised. This album, so concerned with the rush of passing time, slowed the clock.
“I’m finally feeling my age,” says Jacklin. “When you feel like you’ve done something worthwhile, you relax a bit. That’s a nice feeling I have now, that I definitely didn’t have when I made the record.”
Another new occurrence - Jacklin’s trajectory has soared. In the wake of the album’s release she has toured the world and been invited to perform at many of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, Primavera, Roskilde, FYF, Newport Folk, Splendour In The Grass, Latitude, Laneway and more.
Don’t Let The Kids Win has been a critics’ favourite, featuring on numerous end of year lists in 2016, and Jacklin has enjoyed milestone moments like nominations for APRA Australian Song of the Year, Album of the Year at the Triple J Awards, featuring on NPR’s Tiny Desk Series, and selling out the Metro Theatre in Sydney, performing to 1200 hometown fans singing back every word.
Jacklin has also relocated to Barcelona for the time being, with plans to recapture the Spanish she learned while living in Costa Rica at 19.
“I’m quite proud of myself,” she says. “I still have a lot to prove, but I’m happy where I am right now. It’s important to recognise those moments in your life. Not let any kind of anxieties creep in. Push them out and think, ‘No, I’m going to enjoy this right now.’’