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#SummerofFUV Music Guide

Julia Jacklin: 2016

Julia Jacklin and band at WFUV

Julia Jacklin and band at WFUV (photo by Dan Tuozzoli)


Australian singer and songwriter Julia Jacklin is just 26, but her debut album, Don’t Let The Kids Win, is a reflective song cycle about aging and the passage from youth to adulthood.

Until recently, Jacklin worked at an essential oils factory in Sydney, but she had set her own artistic deadline — she’d record her debut album by the time she turned 25. Not only did Julia accomplish that goal, but her debut is rich with lyrical yearning, humor, heartbreak and strength. Although she was inspired to become a singer after seeing a Britney Spears documentary when she was just 10, Julia’s own songs reflect her admiration for songwriters like Leonard Cohen (who Julia recently helped us honor for FUV Essentials), Courtney Barnett, Anna Calvi and Angel Olsen.

On this FUV Live session, Julia talks about her journey from the Blue Mountains suburbs to Sydney and to the world and she performs two songs from Don’t Let The Kids Win — “Pool Party” and “Elizabeth.”

[recorded: 9/26/16]