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, Birdy, 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, 6131 Records-issued Sprained Ankle.
Julien Baker is getting 2017 off to a noteworthy start with the announcement of a new single and signing to indie label Matador Records. Matador will re-release the 21 year-old's acclaimed 2015 debut LP, Sprained Ankle, internationally (though not in the U.S. and Australia) on March 17.
As part of the Sprained Ankle re-release, Baker will also put out a 7-inch single for Matador, “Funeral Pyre” b/w “Distant Solar System.” The A-side of the single made its debut on NPR’s All Songs Considered, and can be heard here. It will be available for sale digitally on March 17 as well.