Julia Jacklin - Don't Let The Kids Win

Despite a seeming need to cram Julia Jacklin's accomplished debut into the country / Americana bucket there's much more of an indie rock, or DIY feel to it. Much like fellow Australian Courtney Barnett's recent output there's a rough edge to Don't Let The Kids Win, and the jangling guitar of opener 'Pool Party' is a constant throughout. The excellent 'Coming Of Age' rocks along on lyrics of growing up and keeping track on life, and 'Motherland' quieter and more sober muscially, dealign with the realities of living in the lyrics.

With a diverse set of influences - Fiona Apple, Anna Calvi, Angel Olsen, Britney Spears(?!!?) - Jacklin picks and chooses what to use where. The thread through the eleven tracks though is her voice, it's clear and sparkles on the sparse 'Elizabeth' and 'LA Dream' yet competes with the rising volume on 'Hay Plain', probably the stand out track. There's plenty of gazing into the past, but this is a record that shows Jacklin has a long future ahead of her.

Overall

The past, the present, and the future all tangle on this mix of ragged guitar and fascinating lyrics.

8

out of 10