NEW MUSIC: Julien Baker - Little Oblivions
26 Feb 2021
Julien Baker shares her stunningly cathartic third album 'Little Oblivions'
Julien Baker has shared her third album 'Little Oblivions' today, 4 years after her last LP 'Turn Out the Lights'. 'Little Oblivions', released via Matador, hears Baker still playing almost every instrument herself, and creating a full-band sound this time round, something that hasn't been explored in her previous albums, joking that this is her 'Dylan goes electric' moment.
It's clear that Baker's songwriting and vocals have developed in the past years, lending themselves towards telling to the stories held within this unreservedly confronting album, with truly wonderful results in what we would argue is undoubtedly her best work yet.
Baker shared a window into some of the inspiration behind the album when talking about the track 'Faith Healer': “Put most simply, I think that ‘Faith Healer’ is a song about vices, both the obvious and the more insidious ways that they show up in the human experience. I started writing this song 2 years ago and it began as a very literal examination of addiction. For awhile, 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.”
Listen to 'Little Oblivions' here.