Julia Jacklin today shares another taste of her highly anticipated new album PRE PLEASURE, set for release on August 26 on Polyvinyl Record Co. The driving “Love, Try Not To Let Go” arrives with a spontaneous and joyful one-shot video filmed in Melbourne, co-directed with Nick Mckk, and featuring a collaboration with visual artist Juliet Bryant.
“”Love, Try Not To Let Go” was written one night during the recording period in my apartment in Montreal. It’s the first song I’ve ever written fully on piano. It’s the first time I’ve played piano on a record. I thought someone better would redo the take but we kept it so now I’m officially a pianist. We recorded it the next day. I made everyone watch the running scene from Rocky beforehand,” said Jacklin
In a way only she can, Jacklin skates along airy keys and crisp drums, before blossoming into thundering guitar chords under a full-voiced declaration: “I need you to believe me when I said I found it hard/to keep myself from floating away/try not to let go.” The video builds on Julia’s joyful visual palette for the record with an unmistakably Melbourne video, set against a backdrop of retro suburbia against the city skyline. Starring an unassuming neighbourhood cat, Jacklin skips down a quiet street singing the energetic hook: “try not to let go”.
The new album, Jacklin’s third, is a masterclass in songwriting and cements her status as one of the most important songwriters of our time. PRE PLEASURE was conceived upon returning home from a mammoth Crushing world tour, and finished in a frantic few months of recording in Montreal with co-producer Marcus Paquin (The Weather Station, The National). The 10-track offering sees Jacklin once again putting intensely personal thoughts and feelings to paper whilst expanding on her signature sound; and, at the same time, attempting to inject some joy back into the process.
Photo Courtesy: Nick Mckk