Julia Jacklin – Love, Try Not To Let Go: New Song!

Julia Jacklin releases Love, Try Not To Let Go, the latest from her upcoming album, PRE PLEASURE.

Here’s the record company blurb with details:

Liberation Records are ecstatic to share the latest single from Julia Jacklin today, ‘Love Try Not To Let Go’. Another taste of her highly anticipated new album PRE PLEASURE, set for release on August 26, 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.” – Julia 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”.

‘Love, Try Not To Let Go’ builds on from instant fan favourites ‘I Was Neon’ and ‘Lydia Wears A Cross’, which received a wave of love on release globally, reviewed by the likes of Pitchfork, The New York Times, Stereogum, NME and NPR Music, with media and fans all welcoming the return of Jacklin and news of her third album release. ‘I Was Neon’ also received serious radio acclaim, with the track being added to full rotation on triple j and international support from BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 1, SiriusXMU, KEXP and KCRW.

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.”

PRE PLEASURE reflects 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 million streams to her name to date.


out August 26 via Liberation Records Pre-order HERE


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