New To Matador: Julien Baker. Debut Album Out This March.
Photo by Nolan Knight
JULIEN BAKER SIGNS TO MATADOR RECORDS
DEBUT ALBUM, SPRAINED ANKLE,
AND FUNERAL PYRE 7” RELEASED MARCH 17th 2017
EUROPEAN TOUR THIS MAY / JUNE
Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster. The 21-year-old’s devastating and vulnerable debut album, Sprained Ankle, which was originally released in 2015, is available now digitally, with a physical re-release dropping on March 17th.
Today fans can hear a previously unreleased song “Funeral Pyre“, which is the title-track and A-side for Baker’s new 7” also coming out on March 17th on Matador. Only Baker can make a song with such a darkly macabre title so heartbreakingly gorgeous, with her signature hushed-yet-lofty vocals soaring over a quietly fingerpicked melody that crescendos into layered, almost-orchestral beauty. The B-side, “Distant Solar System,” is another unheard song from the Sprained Ankle sessions that will be available digitally and physically on release day.
Julien heads back to Europe this May, playing two UK dates in London and Manchester in June. All dates can be found below.
US Press Quotes
“Richly poetic songs of trauma and redemption, moving from almost unbearable fragility to confessional strength.”
The New York Times
“The purity of her voice and the yearning way she sings make each of her songs lovely and memorable.”
“If you prefer redemption songs to sound as raw as they feel, Sprained Ankle could bring you to your knees.”
JULIEN BAKER Sprained Ankle
2. Sprained Ankle
3. Brittled Boned
4. Everybody Does
5. Good News
9. Go Home
Sprained Ankle will be released on LP and CD on March 17, 2017
and is available digitally now.
For more information, head to smarturl.it/SprainedAnkle.
JULIEN BAKER Funeral Pyre
A. Funeral Pyre
B. Distant Solar System
Funeral Pyre will be released on 7″ and digitally on March 17, 2017.
For more information, head to smarturl.it/Funeral_Pyre.
2017 EUROPEAN TOUR
24th: Trafo, Jena, Germany
25th: Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, Germany
28th: Aalhaus, Hamburg, Germany
29th: Pension Schmidt, Munster, Germany
30th: Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, Germany
31st: Milla, Munich, Germany
5th: Bush Hall, London, UK
6th: Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
9th: Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal
10th: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands