Julien Baker has recently given fans a glimpse of whats to come with her new album. The latest single, Hardline features on forthcoming album Little Oblivions which is out February 26th.
This highly anticipated album has already received high praise. The New York Times included Little Oblivions in their “11 Things To Look Forward to In 2021.” discussing Bakers highly skilled songwriting approach, staying true to herself and holding onto an honest vulnerability as her audience grows. This latest release seeing a highly scaled up sound that so effortlessly fills a room with emotion and positioning herself as an unapologetic force to be reckoned with. Sharing a highly relatable and cathartic set of lyrics many fans of Baker will relate to, this follow up to 2017 release Turn Out The Lights shows off a more fleshed out offering of multiple instrumentals.
Baker shared her new track alongside a visually stunning stop motion music video. The video beautifully compliments this haunting and emotionally raw track. The unique and slightly creepy art style builds upon an already hugely cinematic feel of the song; combining heartbreaking lyrics with a building powerful sound. Hardline is such an easy song to have on repeat. With each listen a new layer of sound or lyric pops, showing off the depth of skill Baker holds.
Talking about the creation of the video, Julien discusses:
“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.”
Watch the video for Hardline below:
Video director Joe Baughman continued:
“Man, 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.”
Featuring on the album are fellow boygenius members Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers. Coming in for cameo backing vocals on the track Favor. Carrying the spirit of previous collaborations with the duo on recent albums from Hayley Wiliams and Phoebe Bridgers.
Little Oblivions further demonstrates Bakers bold and fearless approach to showing the messier side to life. Embracing a terrifying level of vulnerability to create something beautiful. The new album shows Julien take a dramatic change from her previous more intimate and stripped back approach. Now taking on a broad musical soundscape that combines a encompassing mix of bass, drums, synthesizers, banjo, and mandolin. This new release sees almost all of the instruments played by Julien who self-produced the album.
Hardline will have you wanting to cry your eyes out over beautiful yet heartbreaking lyrics while also wanting to get up and dance to its bold and powerful instrumentals.
Little Oblivions is out February 26th via Matador Records.