We’re taller when we wake up in the morning. For hours our spines are spared the pressures of gravity and our bodies stretch and relax.

So too for astronauts, away from Earth’s atmosphere, they return from outer space taller than before. But back on the surface we know what it’s like to feel crushed, compressed by air, by others, and by the weight of our own expectations. This experience of being alive, embodied, subject to these forces and the toll they take, is perfectly captured by the crushing new album by Julia Jacklin. Each song is direct and devastating. Lyrics explore human connection, loss, the constraints we face, and the catharsis of breaking through. And the country, rock and folk arrangements are spacious, allowing each element room to breathe and expand as we listen.

Crushing is out Feb 22 via Liberation.

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