Julia Jacklin doesn't need much accompaniment: If you were to hear the Australian singer-songwriter's unadorned voice, say, echoing at the top of a stairwell, you'd most likely climb to where it leads without a second thought. Jacklin's full-length debut, last year's Don't Let The Kids Win, knows just when and how to lean in to this simplicity, surrounding her with spare instrumentation that keeps that voice in the center of the frame.
For her Tiny Desk debut, Jacklin reproduces three of that album's drowsily beautiful ballads with the aid of a backing band so restrained, you can read the effort to keep quiet on their faces. The result is a calm and careful mix of mystery and approachability, warm and cool at the same time.
Don't Let The Kids Win is available now. (iTunes) (Amazon)
- "Don't Let The Kids Win"
- "Lead Light"
- "Pool Party"
Julia Jacklin (vocals, electric guitar); Eddie Boyd (vocals, electric guitar); Ben Whiteley (electric bass, vocals); Ian Kehoe (drums, vocals)
Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Morgan Noelle Smith; Production Assistant: Marissa Lorusso; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR.
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