Thursday, December 10, 2020

Julia Jacklin - "Baby Jesus is Nobody's Baby Now"

A Julia Jacklin Christmas song? How could we possibly not bring you that, especially when it ends up being the most lovely, melancholic Christmas song of the year? "Baby Jesus is Nobody's Baby Now" is just Jacklin's impossibly beautiful vocals over a lightly strummed guitar. That's it, and it's perfect. It has such a feeling of resigned sadness while still holding on to hope that it's the perfect way to put a cap on 2020, even though it was written in 2019 while looking forward to 2020. In a statement, Jacklin says:

“2019 was a pretty rough one for my family. I was touring the whole year carrying a lot of guilt for not being able to be at home. Singing super sad songs every night was a blessing and a curse depending on the day. I was imagining Christmas as being this time where we all came together again and took a collective breath but then the bushfires hit and my family live in the country so it was a direct threat.”

“I was living in Melbourne, still pretty new to it, and wasn’t able to go home; the roads were blocked and my family was being evacuated periodically for a month,” she continued. “At one point, Melbourne was blanketed in smoke from the fires, the sun was this menacing red, it felt apocalyptic and pretty hopeless. I wrote this in my room looking forward to 2020, hoping it would be a reset of some kind lol.”

You can watch the video for "Baby Jesus is Nobody's Baby Now" below. You can get a copy via Julia Jacklin's Bandcamp. For more on Julia Jacklin, check out her website.

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