As we reach the end of a year that has undoubtedly been one of the most difficult in living memory for many musicians, Australian artist Julia Jacklin has emerged with a pair of new tracks for the newest entry in the Sub Pop Singles Club series.
Appearing overnight, Jacklin has shared two new tracks, including “to Perth, before the border closes”, and “CRY”, with both appearing as the latest entry in the Sub Pop Singles Club, Vol. 5.
Like many artists, Jacklin had been in the midst of touring when COVID-19 restrictions caused a shutdown of the industry as a whole. Unfortunately, she was one show away from the completion of a 12-month world tour in support of her 2019 record, Crushing, and a snap decision about where to base in the meantime resulted in the A-side, with “to Perth, before the border closes” serving as a timely ode to the unexpected events of the year that has been.
“I’ve moved around a lot the last 5 years; chasing things, love, work, something new, whatever and there’s always this fear that I’m leaving good things behind just to go somewhere else and be lonely. Whispering “everything changes” to myself helps get me to sleep at night,” Jacklin explained of the track.
“I started writing this song in Melbourne and finished it in Perth. It was like a little song bridge between the two cities to make the change easier.”
The tune also comes backed by “CRY”, a tune described as featuring “a Dolly Parton-inspired stream-of-consciousness”, alongside lush harmonies, and the talents of the band that performs on both tracks, Perth mates Jennifer Aslett, Christ Wright, and Jacob Diamond.
Both tracks on the single were recorded by Perth producer Ryan Brennan, who was lucky enough to be the first person Jacklin ever recorded with when they were both housemates nine years ago, with the new project allowing them to see how they’ve “both changed and grown over that period of time”.