New Music Monday: Julia Jacklin“Don't Let the Kids Win”

When I go to SXSW in Austin each year, I take notes on every show I see. Seeing a hundred shows in four days means faces, sounds, and the space-time continuum blend together by the end, so I leave myself written reminders. “Feather costume, death lyrics,” for example, or “gravel guitar, honey voice.” When I saw singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin perform in a chuch sanctuary, I didn’t take any notes at all. I’m not even sure I blinked. I was too captivated by the singer in front of me to think about anything at all. And it was this song, “Don’t Let the Kids Win,” that did it to me. 

Every word of this track feels true and Jacklin was smart to keep her instrumentation simple and the new music video low-key. She keeps the attention on her lyrics, which are stark and sweet and painful. It’s about getting older, and about loving what you have while you have it— messages that could easily become mawkish, were they in less capable hands. 

Jacklin’s debut album, Don’t Let the Kids Win, is out now. 

by Katie Presley
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Katie Presley is a writer and editor currently based on the East Coast (help, how did this happen??). She's been with Bitch in one form or another since 2010, when she started as a New Media Intern, and most recently served as Bitch's first and only Music Editor, from 2016-2017. Past resume lines include Assistant Producer for All Songs Considered at NPR Music, panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and bylines at NPR and Ms. Katie is also a doula and herbalist, and writes a blog on herbal medicine, "The Herbal Apprentice." She also co-founded the first full-spectrum doula organization in Texas, The Bridge Collective. She is also a late-comer to being a Dog Person, but currently lives with four cats. 

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