JULIEN BAKER – ” Funeral Pyre / Sprained Ankle “

Posted: December 1, 2016 in MUSIC
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Memphis-born singer-songwriter Julien Baker has gained a lot of traction online blogs from her emotionally honest tracks, which detail near-death experiences, substance abuse and spirituality. Though the 20-year-old artist originally self-released her heart-wrenching debut “Sprained Ankle” on Bandcamp while studying at college, she later signed to indie label 6131Records for an official release .

“Sprained Ankle” begins with gentle pin drop-like guitar plucking and it’s lent additional weight by her burning lyrics (“Wish I could write songs about anything other than death”), rather than additional instrumentation. In fact, the line isn’t even true, the 20-year-old singer songwriter from Memphis has many other subject matters, although they aren’t exactly light hearted. The album, released towards the end of 2015, was inspired by the loneliness felt whilst at university, finding herself for the first time away from family and friends. The result was nine songs, beautiful in their simplicity, brave, honest, tackling subject matter including car crashes, depression, substance abuse, and anxiety.

Onstage with just a microphone and her telecaster, the singer’s presence is just as unassuming as her songs. A loop pedal allows for a bit more depth in sound, and it is clear from the outset that Julien Baker is an accomplished guitarist. Singing a long way off the microphone, the resulting breathy vocal delivery adds to the ethereal quality of the songs. Subtle and simple, yet beautifully melodic, her music is devastating in its honesty.

Careful, Julien Baker could easily become one of your all time favorite artist.

In June she played her unreleased song Funeral Pyre , Somewhere In Munich. Live…

Watch singer-songwriter Julien Baker perform “Sprained Ankle” the title track off her debut album, during soundcheck at the Drake Hotel on Exclaim! TV. April 19, 2016.

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