Julien Baker has been one of the heroines of the American indie scene at least since her work in the supergroup boygenius. Whether alone or together with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus - the singer-songwriter convinces with her soulful voice and her unique guitar riffs. With her new album “Little Oblivions” she is now heralding a new phase. Because she turns her back on the rustic, acoustic sounds and delivers a full band sound here. The starting signal was the single “Faith Healer”, which she recorded in her hometown of Memphis.
"I started writing this song 2 years ago and it began as a very literal examination of addiction. For a while, I only had the first verse, which is just a really candid confrontation of the cognitive dissonance a person who struggles with substance abuse can feel the overwhelming evidence that this substance is harming you, and the counterintuitive but very real craving for the relief it provides. When I revisited the song I started thinking about the parallels between the escapism of substance abuse and the other various means of escapism that had occupied a similar, if less easily identifiable, space in my psyche. "Julien Baker on "Faith Healer"
Julien Baker recorded most of the instrumentation himself. In addition to the guitar, she also masters the piano. In addition, she also added bass, drums, synthesizers, banjo and mandolin to her repertoire. Craig Silvey was also responsible for production. He had mainly dealt with his work for The National, Florence & the Machine, Arcade Fire made a name.
Julien Baker - Hardline
Baker also delivers highly personal lyrics on “Little Oblivions”. She keeps talking about her depression and addiction. Because the musician herself repeatedly had problems with addiction. She had already dealt with it on her album “Turn out the Lights”. At the time, however, she seemed much more involved. Now Julien Baker shows that he is critical and on a safe path into the future.
"I always told you, you could leave at any timeJulien Baker - Hardline
Until then, I'll split the difference
Between medicine and poison
Take what I can get away with "
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