Julien Baker Releases ‘Hardline’ Single & Performs For KEXP
Julien Baker released the video for new single, “Hardline,” set to appear on her forthcoming album, Little Oblivions, due out on February 26 via Matador Records. KEXP also shared Baker’s performance and interview for their Live On KEXP At Home video series.
Baker announced Little Oblivions in October and shared the single “Faith Healer.” She now follows with “Hardline” and the singer-songwriter spoke about making the visual for the song in a statement. Read her words below:
A few years ago I started collecting travel ephemera again with a loose idea of making a piece of art with it. I had been touring pretty consistently since 2015 and had been traveling so much that items like plane tickets and hotel keycards didn’t have much novelty anymore. So I saved all my travel stuff and made a little collage of a house and a van out of it. I wanted to incorporate it into the record and when we were brainstorming ideas for videos we came across Joe Baughman and really liked his work so we reached out with the idea of making a stop-motion video that had similar aesthetic qualities as the house I built did. I don’t know why I have the impulse to write songs or make tiny sculptures out of plane tickets. But here it is anyway: a bunch of things I’ve collected and carried with me that I’ve re-organized into a new shape.
The video’s director, Joe Baughman, also detailed the stop-motion video’s creation:
Even after having spent 600 hours immersed in “Hardline” and having listened to it thousands of times, I am still moved by it. It was a fun and ambitious challenge creating something that could accompany such a compelling song. The style of the set design, inspired by a sculpture that Julien created, was especially fun to work in. I loved sifting through magazines, maps, and newspapers from the 60s and 70s and finding the right colors, shapes, and quotes to cover almost every surface in the video.
Baker performs “Hardline” and more in her KEXP appearance. Watch the music video then check out the singer-songwriter performing the song live for KEXP via the JamBase Live video Archive below: