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Ju­lia Jack­lin shares two points of in­ter­est about her de­but al­bum, Don’t Let the Kids Win. “I use my favourite word, ‘gro­cery,’ and there’s a ref­er­ence to Zach Braff,” says the Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, na­tive, with a lib­eral dose of the aver­sion to self-ag­gran­dize­ment that feels typ­i­cally Aussie.

“For sure, I men­tion some pretty Aus­tralian things, like the Hay Plain, Ade­laide and Syd­ney’s Cen­tral Railway Sta­tion,” she says, when asked if her mu­sic owes any­thing to her home­land. “I wrote a lot of it while work­ing in a fac­tory in St. Peters, Syd­ney, and a few songs were writ­ten while driv­ing my car up and down the east coast. I’m hop­ing that it seeped its way into the sound.”

Jack­lin calls this col­lec­tion of 11 songs “a doc­u­ment of my early 20s”; we call it a rev­e­la­tion of Ca­role King pro­por­tions—in both vibe and its po­ten­tial to be one of those al­bums you bond with and end up play­ing 30 times for your (hy­po­thet­i­cal) teenage daugh­ter.

The 26-year-old also buries an­other pretty fas­ci­nat­ing tid­bit: All of the songs on this al­bum were recorded in a small town in New Zealand while Jack­lin lived with the pro­ducer, Ben Edwards. “It was a pretty amaz­ing time record­ing this al­bum,” she says. “I moved into his house in New Zealand for three weeks the day we met. Could have been a dis­as­ter, but it turned out quite well.” h

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