Julien Baker’s 2017 Matador debut, Turn Out the Lights, available for a limited time on cloud-in-clear vinyl. Following her solo debut Sprained Ankle, which appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to New York Magazine’s Vulture, Baker returns to a much bigger stage, but with the same core of breathtaking vulnerability and resilience.
From its opening moments — when her chiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings — Turn Out the Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of her songs.The album was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, TN, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire). This evolution from Sprained Ankle’s intentionally spare production allows Baker — who is still the album’s sole producer and writer — greater scope and freedom. Strings and woodwinds now shade the corners of her compositions, and Baker takes to piano rather than guitar on several tracks, pushing Baker’s work to cinematic heights of intensity.
3.TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
5. SOUR BREATH
7.EVERYTHING THAT HELPS YOU SLEEP
8.HAPPY TO BE HERE
9. HURT LESS
11. CLAWS IN YOUR BACK