Two of the country’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Stella Donnelly and Julia Jacklin, have announced their new albums – and you’d better prepare for a snug weekend inside, ‘cos those puppies are out on the exact same Friday.

Album cover art for Julia Jacklin with red vinyl record popping outJulia Jacklin’s third album – which follows 2019’s brilliant Crushing (read our review of it right here) – is titled PRE PLEASURE, and it comes with fresh single Lydia Wears a Cross.

“The song is about a lot of things, but mainly being a 7-year-old Jesus Christ Superstar fanatic attending Catholic school trying to figure out which way is up,” Julia explains. “The music video was filmed by my constant collaborator and friend Nick Mckk at Splitpoint Lighthouse. I played a show close by recently and asked on stage if anyone could let me film inside. Someone in the crowd knew a guy and that was it. The rest was filmed in the streets of Northcote, Melbourne.”

Julia says the writing of her third album came after she spent a concerted effort on just listening.

“Once music becomes your job, you can lose the purity of music fandom,” she says.” I spent the last two years trying to reconnect with that. I didn’t play much, I just listened. Especially to a lot of big pop music like Celine Dion, Robyn and Luther Vandross – music that wasn’t so heavy, big feelings, big production. You lose sight of what putting on a big, beautiful song can do.”

Watch Lydia Wears a Cross below.

PRE PLEASURE by Julia Jacklin is out August 26, including on JB-exclusive red vinyl, and is up for pre-order now.

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Meanwhile, Stella Donnelly has announced that her second album will be titled Flood and – you know it – it’s also dropping on August 26.

It’s the followup to 2019’s belter Beware of the Dogs (you can read our review of that here), and it represented something of a rediscovery. Of its themes, Stella says: “I do love observing human dynamics. Dynamics between old best friends, or dynamics between housemates, or a relationship where the two people are broken up and haven’t spoken in years. I like getting into the mind of someone who we’ve all been at some point.”

And get into those minds she did, presenting myriad different persoectives over the course of the album.

Flood’s first single is Lungs, in which Stella muses on her own history and the way her future may unfold.

Of its gorgeous video, she says:

“Very loosely based on the Banded Stilts of my album cover, the character I play in red is a wobbly adult, doing their best with their new set of legs and responsibilities, trying to make it look easy but very much on unsteady ground. I wanted this video to celebrate the child, firm in their footholds, intimidatingly honest, not to be messed with; they are the strength and power of this video no matter how much I try to assert myself as the boss.”

Watch Lungs below.

Flood by Stella Donnelly is out August 26.