11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Turn Out the Lights might trek similar terrain as Julien Baker’s breakthrough, Sprained Ankle, there’s something about it that’s immediately colder and more haunting. “Nobody’s worried about me,” the Nashville singer/songwriter muses on the devastating “Sour Breath.” Yet there’s catharsis on “Televangelist” when Baker vows to resolve her own torment, using chilling piano chords and ghostly backing vocals to amplify her stance. On the ballad-like closer, “Claws in Your Back,” Baker tries to find peace (“I think I can love...I’d take it all back”), confessing her deepest regrets and taking a bold step toward the light.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Turn Out the Lights might trek similar terrain as Julien Baker’s breakthrough, Sprained Ankle, there’s something about it that’s immediately colder and more haunting. “Nobody’s worried about me,” the Nashville singer/songwriter muses on the devastating “Sour Breath.” Yet there’s catharsis on “Televangelist” when Baker vows to resolve her own torment, using chilling piano chords and ghostly backing vocals to amplify her stance. On the ballad-like closer, “Claws in Your Back,” Baker tries to find peace (“I think I can love...I’d take it all back”), confessing her deepest regrets and taking a bold step toward the light.

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About Julien Baker

A Memphis, Tennessee-based singer/songwriter with a knack for finding the shaky ground between heart-wrenching and cathartic, Julien Baker's stark and soulful music invokes names like Bon Iver, Daughter, and Natalie Prass. Baker honed her skills while playing in her high-school band, Forrister, with whom she continued to perform while attending college. After writing a batch of songs that didn't seem to fit the band's more rock-oriented vibe, Baker headed to Matthew E. White's Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, Virginia to begin recording what would eventually become her solo debut, 2015's critically acclaimed Sprained Ankle. Issued by 6131 Records, it reached number 23 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and led to an invitation to join the Matador Records roster. The label released her equally intimate follow-up, Turn Out the Lights, in 2017. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Murfreesboro, TN
  • BORN
    September 29, 1995

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