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Julien Baker

Little Oblivions

    Little Oblivions is the third studio album by Julien Baker. Recorded in Memphis, TN, the record weaves together unflinching autobiography with assimilated experience and hard-won observations from the past few years, taking Baker’s capacity for storytelling to new heights. It also marks a sonic shift, with the songwriter’s intimate piano and guitar arrangements newly enriched by bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, and mandolin with nearly all of the instruments performed by Baker.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Julien Baker returns for another beautifully rich set of crescentic rock, coloured with an unmistakeable country hue. It's a delicate balance and is accomplished here with a beautiful warmth and comforting melodicism. Another wonderful journey, full of emotional duality and songwriting genius from Baker.

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    1. Hardline
    2. Heatwave
    3. Faith Healer
    4. Relative Fiction
    5. Crying Wolf
    6. Bloodshot
    7. Ringside
    8. Favor
    9. Song In E
    10. Repeat
    11. Highlight Reel
    12. Ziptie

    BOYGENIUS (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, And Lucy Dacus)

    BOYGENIUS EP

      Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus formed boygenius after booking a tour together, but the trio had subconsciously been in the works for longer than that. Through a series of tours and performances together, and chance encounters that led to friendships – including Bridgers’ and Dacus’ first in-person meeting backstage at a Philadelphia festival, greenroom hangouts that felt instantly comfortable and compatible, a couple of long email chains and even a secret handshake between Baker and Dacus – the lyrically and musically arresting singer-songwriters and kindred spirits got to know each other on their own terms.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Darryl says: A wonderful folky flecked EP from the amazing combined talents of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus.

      TRACK LISTING

      Bite The Hand
      Me & My Dog
      Souvenir
      Stay Down
      Salt In The Wound
      Ketchum, ID

      Julien Baker

      Turn Out The Lights

      Julien Baker releases her highly anticipated second album, ‘Turn Out The Lights’, via Matador Records.

      ‘Turn Out The Lights’ arrives nearly two years to the day after Baker’s debut album, ‘Sprained Ankle’, which was widely acclaimed by outlets including The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Noisey, and MOJO, among others.

      Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Baker’s hometown of Memphis, TN, ‘Turn Out The Lights’ expands upon the sound and vision of ‘Sprained Ankle’ while retaining the haunting, confessional songwriting style for which she has become known. Throughout the album, Baker reflects on experiences of her own and those closest to her, exploring the internal conflicts that wrestle inside us all: how we deal and cope with our struggles and how it all impacts both ourselves and our relationships of all kinds. The result is a deeply empathetic album that embraces the greys and complex truths of humanity and mental health.

      ‘Turn Out The Lights’ was written and produced by Baker and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire, Florence & The Machine).

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: 'Sprained Ankle' went down a storm in here (was it really that long ago?) and I have no doubt this will surpass that. More heartfelt lyrics, cleverly constructed melodies and introspective moments, all wrapped in that warm veneer of Baker's spellbinding voice.

      TRACK LISTING

      Over
      Appointments
      Turn Out The Lights
      Shadowboxing
      Sour Breath
      Televangelist
      Everything That Helps
      You Sleep
      Happy To Be Here
      Hurt Less
      Even
      Claws In Your Back

      Julien Baker

      Sprained Ankle

        Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker is the latest addition to the Matador Records roster. The 21-year-old’s devastating and vulnerable debut album, ‘Sprained Ankle’, which was originally released in 2015, is now being made available again. A 7” single by Julien Baker is also being released at the same time.

        For years, Baker and a group of close friends performed as the band Forrister (formerly The Star Killers) but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating found an outlet through solo work. The intent was never to make these songs her main focus, yet the process proved to be startlingly cathartic. As each song came into shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her thus far short life. Tales of her experiences are staggering and when set to her haunting guitar playing the results are gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. There’s something wonderfully hypnotizing about Baker gently confessing her soul with such tremendous honesty.

        “Richly poetic songs of trauma and redemption, moving from almost unbearable fragility to confessional strength.” - The New York Times

        TRACK LISTING

        Blacktop
        Sprained Ankle
        Brittle Boned
        Everybody Does
        Good News
        Something
        Rejoice
        Vessels
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