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Julia Jacklin shares self-directed video for new indie-pop anthem ‘I Was Neon’

Melbourne singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin is back with a video for her new single “I Was Neon.”

The track comes from her forthcoming album, Pre-Pleasure, out August 26th via Polyvinyl. Today’s release sees Julia Jacklin leaning into an indie pop sound. Boasting some stunning harmonies and a catchy guitar riff, you’ll find yourself revisiting “I Was Neon” again and again. The accompanying video is directed by Jacklin herself and sees her playing along to the track in an old apartment, interspersed with clips of her rocketing down a zipline.

Jacklin first wrote “I Was Neon” for “a band called rattlesnack, a short-lived much loved 2019 side project that I played drums in,” she says. “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.”

Watch the video for “I Was Neon” below.

Serving as the follow-up to 2019’s Crushing, Julia Jacklin started working on PRE PLEASURE when the touring cycle ended. In fact, she finished it during a “frantic few months of recording in Montreal,” she says. “The songs on this record took either three years to write or three minutes.”

In addition to “I Was Neon,” Pre-Pleasure features the previously released single “Lydia Wears A Cross.”

Pre-order Pre-Pleasure here or check out the tracklist below.

Pre-Pleasure Tracklist:

01 – “Lydia Wears a Cross”
02 – “Love, Try Not to Let Go”
03 – “Ignore Tenderness”
04 – “I Was Neon”
05 – “Too in Love to Die”
06 – “Less of a Stranger”
07 – “Moviegoer”
08 – “Magic”
09 – “Be Careful with Yourself”
10 – “End of a Friendship”

“A lot of the time I feel like I need to do all the work before I can enjoy my life,” Julia Jacklin adds. “Whether that’s work on songs of sex, friendships, or my relationship with my family – I think if I work on them long and hard enough, eventually I’ll get to sit around and really enjoy them. But that’s not how anything works is it. It’s all an ongoing process.”

Julia Jacklin is headed out on tour. Check out the North American dates below.

Julia Jacklin North American Tour Dates:

Stanford, CA @ Frost Amphitheater * – 08/26
Pasadena, CA @ This Ain’t No Picnic Festival – 08/27
Austin, TX @ Mohawk # – 09/09
Dallas, TX @ The Studio at The Factory # – 09/10
Nashville, TN @ The Basement East # – 09/12
Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West # – 09/13
Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club # – 09/15
Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel # – 09/16
Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts # – 09/17
Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club # – 09/18
Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre ^ – 09/20
Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre ^ – 09/21
Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin University ^ – 09/22
Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall ^ – 09/23
Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line ^ – 09/24
Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater ^ – 09/26
Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge ^ – 09/27
Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom ^ – 09/29
Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile ^ – 09/30
Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall ^ – 10/02
San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore ^ – 10/04
Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern ^ – 10/05
Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre ^ – 10/07
Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom ^ – 10/08

* = Here and There Festival w/ Courtney Barnett, Japanese Breakfast, and Chicano Batman
# = w/ Kara Jackson
^ = w/ Katy Kirby

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