After a brief sabbatical with Phantastic Ferniture, Australian songwriter Julia Jacklin has announced the return to her solo work with a new song called 'Head Alone', taken from an album called Crushing that will be coming out on February 22nd through Transgressive.

Speaking on the new track, Jacklin says: I wrote most of 'Head Alone' on tour, singing it to myself, looking out the window on endless car journeys. It's not a song that comes from a singular experience. It came from two years of feeling like the space around me shrinking to the point where I couldn't even raise my arms. This song is me raising my arms and running into an open field. A bit of a plea to those around me to give me space and a song to remind myself that it's okay to enforce boundaries, the good people in your life will listen, adapt and still love you."

That thought-provoking inspiration is evident from the very start, as Jacklin sings "give me a full-length mirror/ so I can see the whole picture/ my head alone gives nothing away." From there 'Head Alone' sparks its way through rambling indie rock, with Jacklin contemplating her physical presence and her dominance over it. At first she sweetly sings the song's main point: "I don't wanna be touched all the time/ I raised my body up to be mine," but after she repeats it in second chorus, 'Head Alone' explodes into a furious-yet-fun-loving expression of life. You can fully imagine Jacklin windmilling her arms and screaming in pure abandon along to her expressive and engulfing guitar chords, and 'Head Alone' makes us want to do the same.

Julia Jacklin's Crushing comes out through Transgressive on February 22nd and can be pre-ordered here. Jacklin is in the UK playing some already sold out dates this month, but she'll be back in support of the new album early next year. Here's the full list of upcoming EU shows:

2018
Tuesday 27th November: Omeara, London, UK *SOLD OUT*
Wednesday 28th November: YES, Manchester, UK *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 29th November: Glad Café, Glasgow, UK *SOLD OUT*

2019
Tuesday 26th March: Haunt, Brighton
Wednesday 27th March: Fleece, Bristol
Thursday 28th March: Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Friday 29th March: Yes, Manchester
Saturday 30th March: Whelans, Dublin
Tuesday 2nd April: Stereo, Glasgow
Wednesday 3rd April: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Thursday 4th April: Electric Brixton, London
Friday 5th April: Les Etoiles, Paris
Monday 8th April: AB Club, Brussels
Tuesday 9th April: Paradiso-Noord, Amsterdam
Wednesday 10th April: Blue Shell, Cologne
Thursday 11th April: Molotow Sky Bar, Hamburg
Friday 12th April: Vega, Copenhagen
Monday 15th April: Privatclub, Berlin
Tuesday 16th April: Milla, Munich
Wednesday 17th April: Bogen F, Zurich