Julia Jacklin – I Was Neon: New Song of The Day

Julia Jacklin releases I Was Neon. And new album Pre-Pleasure is on the way!

Here’s the blurb with details:

Julia Jacklin shares the second cut from her highly anticipated new album PRE PLEASURE, set for release on August 26 via Liberation Records. The anthemic ‘I Was Neon’ arrives with another classic Julia Jacklin video, this time self-directed and filmed in and around the north side of Melbourne.

Julia Jacklin“I first wrote ‘I Was Neon’ for a band called Rattlesnack, a short-lived much loved 2019 side project that I played drums in. I rewrote it for my album in Montreal, during a time when I was desperately longing for a version of myself that I feared was gone forever. I was thinking of this song when I made the album cover, this song is the album cover really.” – Julia Jacklin

‘I Was Neon’ follows the release of teaser track ‘Lydia Wears A Cross’, which received a wave of love on release globally, reviewed by the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, NME and Flood, with media and fans all welcoming the return of Jacklin and news of her third album release.

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 debut announced those intentions, and the startling 2019 follow-up Crushing drew in listeners uncomfortably close, PRE PLEASURE is the sound of Jacklin gently loosening her grip.

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.

 “Once music becomes your job, you can lose the purity of music fandom. I spent the last two years trying to reconnect with that. I didn’t play much, I just listened. Especially to a lot of big pop music like Celine Dion, Robyn and Luther Vandross – music that wasn’t so heavy, big feelings, big production. You lose sight of what putting on a big, beautiful song can do.” 

Both ‘Lydia Wears A Cross’ and now ‘I Was Neon’ reflect this source inspiration, and showcase Jacklin’s willingness to explore new terrain as both a producer and songwriter, once again presenting her most authentic and genuine self and translating it into deeply personal, timeless songs.

Jacklin is due to tour the US, UK and Europe from August this year. The tour will span several months and see her perform at her biggest venues to date, including iconic rooms like the 3000-capacity Roundhouse in London, and 1800-capacity Brooklyn Steel in New York.

A little more about Julia Jacklin… 
Both of Jacklin’s aforementioned albums Don’t Let The Kids Win and Crushing, resonated strongly across the globe on release. Crushing debuted into the Top 10 of the ARIA Album Chart and was included in more than 20 Best of Lists for 2019 Albums including Pitchfork, Uncut, the New York Times, Junkee, I-D, Rolling Stone and The Guardian. It was also nominated for 6 ARIA Awards and won the AIR Award for ‘Best Independent Blues & Roots Album’ in 2020, as well a US Independent Music (Libera) Award for ‘Best Folk & Bluegrass Album’.

Jacklin’s songs have received widespread radio play from triple j, FBi and community radio locally, plus BBC1, BBC 6 and Sirius XMU globally.  Support from DSPs is also strong; Jacklin has over 150 millions streams to her name to date.

Julia Jacklin – PRE PLEASURE
Out 26 August 2022 through
Liberation Records
Pre-order here

Julia JacklinTracklisting:
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. Moviegoer
8. Magic
9. Be Careful With Yourself
10. End Of A Friendship