Julia Jacklin Pre Pleasure

26th August 2022

Format Info

LP - white vinyl
Indies Only Red Vinyl LP

As fellow music admirers, I’m sure you’re familiar with the feeling that comes with being truly excited about a certain release. You see the announcement, you get a little giddy. The weeks edge closer. Maybe you avoid listening to any singles prematurely, perhaps you’ve already planned where and when you’re going to listen to the full thing when it’s finally released, uninterrupted and undisturbed for that all-encompassing, awe-inspiring first listen. Well, I’m pretty sure I didn’t plan for my first listen of Julia Jacklin’s new album, Pre Pleasure, to be in the car park of Glasgow Green’s football centre, waiting for my partner to finish playing 5s, but here we are: I simply couldn’t wait.

There are certain artists that will also feel like home, and that’s just what Jacklin is for me. She’s the one I go back to, time and time again, with no hint of staleness or boredom ever in the picture. This album is no exception. With themes of growing up in the church and the guilt that comes along with finding your own pleasure, not relating to your mother, and the dissolving of friendships as you get older, it’s a perfect amalgamation of Don’t Let The Kids Win and Crushing, yet the production (string arrangements!!) and sincere lyrics have reached new heights. The singles such as I Am Neon and Julia Wears A Cross melt so well into the rest of the sequencing, so much so I’d go as far to say “all killer, nae filler”.  I can’t wait to listen to it outside of this car park.


Co-produced with Marcus Paquin (The Weather Station, The National), PRE PLEASURE sees Jacklin as her most authentic self, delivering the most intimate, raw and devastating ten songs of her career to date. An uncompromising and masterful lyricist, always willing to mine the depths of her own life experience, and singular in translating it into deeply personal, timeless songs.

The binary of casual crisis is a powerful force in Julia Jacklin’s music. Since releasing her debut album Don’t Let the Kids Win in 2016, the Melbourne-via-Blue Mountains singer/songwriter has carved out a fearsome reputation as a direct lyricist, willing to excavate the parameters of intimacy and agency in songs both stark and raw, loose, and playful. If her folky 2016 debut Don’t Let the Kids Win announced those intentions, and the startling 2018 follow-up Crushing drew in listeners uncomfortably close, PRE PLEASURE is the sound of Jacklin gently loosening her grip.

 Conceived upon returning home at the end of a mammoth Crushing world tour, and finished in a frantic few months of recording in Montreal (“The songs on this record took either three years to write or three minutes”), PRE PLEASURE sees Jacklin expanding beyond her signature sound, while conjuring the ripples and faultlines caused by unreliable communication.


1. Lydia Wears A Cross

2. Love, Try Not To Let Go

3. Ignore Tenderness

4. I Was Neon

5. Too In Love To Die

6. Less Of A Stranger

7. Moviegoers

8. Magic

9. Be Careful With Yourself

10. End Of A Friendship

Other Releases by Julia Jacklin