Last year, a young Australian band called Phantastic Ferniture captured listeners with their relaxed indie-rock anthems. The band was new (one of Paste’s favorite new acts of the year, at that), but its members were already established artists. One of those musicians, frontwoman Julia Jacklin, released her excellent debut album Don’t Let The Kids Win in 2016, and now—less than a year after Phantastic Ferniture’s debut—she’s releasing her sophomore record, Crushing. It’s out on Feb. 22 via Polyvinyl, but Jacklin previewed a few of the songs in the Paste Studio on Thursday, Jan. 24. Watch below.
During her set, the singer/songwriter played two singles, “Body” and “Head Alone,” plus a yet-to-be-released track from the album, the emotional “Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You.” Jacklin is backed by two bandmates, but her beautiful and intimate set has the feeling of a poetry reading, contained and personal. If this session is any indication, Crushing could be Jacklin’s best work yet.
Again, you can watch Julia Jacklin in the Paste Studio below. While you’re at it, check out her new single, “Pressure To Party,” further down. Keep scrolling for Jacklin’s 2017 Daytrotter session, and read her 2016 Best of What’s Next feature right here.