So far, Julien Baker has offered a few tastes of her new album Little Oblivions. Last year, she debuted the single “Faith Healer,” which was soon followed up by “Hardline.” Then, earlier this month, she joined forces with her boygenius bandmates Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers for “Favor.” Now, Baker has unveiled another new song from Little Oblivions ahead of its release on Friday.
“Heatwave” is a song that is all about letting go of the trivial things in our lives. As it turns out, a bad traffic jam ultimately inspired Baker to write the single.
“Maybe it’s a trite or well-trod topic,” Baker says. “But ‘Heatwave’ is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial. I was stuck in traffic because a car had randomly combusted. And it made me feel so stupid for being concerned with the things I had been anxious about earlier that day. It was just such a poignant thing, an event that communicated a lot of complex things in a single image. So I wrote a song about it.”
Along with “Heatwave,” Baker has also shared a cover of Radiohead’s classic “Everything In Its Right Place.” The song originally appears on the 2000 album Kid A. Baker performed the beautiful cover during an XMU Live Session on SiriusXM. Her take doesn’t stray too far away from the original Radiohead recording. However, Baker’s signature sound and vulnerable vocals help give the 20-year-old track a new spin.
Julien Baker’s new album Little Oblivions arrives Friday, Feb. 26 via Matador Records. Following its release, Baker is teaming up with My Chemical Romance‘s Gerard Way and DeathbyRomy for a special new event. On Mar. 2, the artists are coming together for the virtual event Unwound & Unplugged. Together, the trio will be performing stripped-down sets and opening up about their own struggles with mental health as part of the National Day Of Unplugging.
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