Julien Baker Shares ‘Heatwave’ Single

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Julien Baker has one more single to share from Little Oblivions before the album arrives through Matador Records on Friday. Baker premiered “Heatwave” from the follow-up to 2017’s Turn Out The Lights along with a lyric video for the track.

The singer-songwriter recorded the 12-track Little Oblivions in Memphis between December 2019 and January 2020. Baker tapped Calvin Lauber to engineer and Craig Silvey to mix the LP, the same roles they served on Turn Out The Lights.

Julien formed boygenius with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus in 2018. Lucy and Phoebe both contributed to Little Oblivions single “Favor.”

Read a note from Julien regarding “Heatwave”:

Maybe it’s a trite or well-trod topic, but ‘Heatwave’ is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial. I was stuck in traffic because a car had randomly combusted, and it made me feel so stupid for being concerned with the things I had been anxious about earlier that day. It was just such a poignant thing, an event that communicated a lot of complex things in a single image. So I wrote a song about it. I know I’m not the first person to witness an atrocity and consider my own mortality or life’s fragility because of it, but that truly was my experience. Theoretically the lesson or symbolism to be interpreted there is that life is precious and it’s not worth it to give your time and energy to negative thoughts, but jesus, how could you be a person alive on earth right now and not have negative thoughts? It’s certainly less romantic to say that the consideration of life’s fragility made me feel relieved at my own inconsequence, but it’s true; it is comforting to think of the minuscule role everyone plays in the human drama, to realize we have more choice about what we give power over us than we maybe thought.

Check out Julien Baker’s “Heatwave” lyric video below:

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