Julien Baker Announces New Album ‘Little Oblivions’ & Shares Single

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Julien Baker announced a new album, Little Oblivions, arriving on February 26, 2021 via Matador Records. Baker also shared the lead single, “Faith Healer.”

Little Oblivions is Baker’s follow up to her 2017 LP, Turn Out The Lights. Baker reunited with the production team from Turn Out The Lights for Little Oblivions, with engineering from Calvin Lauber and mixing by Craig Silvey (The National, Florence & the Machine, Arcade Fire). Recorded in Baker’s native Memphis, the singer-songwriter played nearly every instrument herself from bass and drums to synthesizers, banjo and mandolin.

“The album weaves unflinching autobiography with assimilated experience and often hard-won observations from the past few years, taking Baker’s capacity for starkly galvanizing storytelling to breathtaking new heights,” as per a statement.

Baker also shared Little Oblivions’ lead single, “Faith Healer.” The singer-songwriter detailed the song in a statement:

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.”

There are so many channels and behaviors that we use to placate discomfort unhealthily which exist outside the formal definition of addiction. I (and so many other people) are willing to believe whomever– a political pundit, a preacher, a drug dealer, an energy healer– when they promise healing, and how that willingness, however genuine, might actually impede healing.

“Faith Healer” arrived with an accompanying music video. Watch it below:

Little Oblivions Tracklist:

  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

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