Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Julien Baker - "Faith Healer"


Julien Baker has announced her new album, Little Oblivions. It's her first solo record since 2017 and it's out February 26, 2021.

"Faith Healer" is the lead single from the record and while on the surface seems like a classic Baker track, this one is extremely rich in sound and textures. On her past work, Baker's isolating vocals and minimal guitar work made her songs feel deeply personal and intimate. There was a strong sense of vulnerability in her songs that felt exquisite and heartbreaking, like she was speaking directly to the listener and relying on nothing but her own special powers. There is an immediate, stark contrast on "Faith Healer" as drums and other subtle percussion give the song extra dimensions. It feels like a natural progression for her sound and marks a new chapter in her songwriting career. A welcome change that is both unexpected, but exciting at the same time.


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