by tom johnson
A few days after we announced that our March interview with Julien Baker was one of our ten most-read features of 2016, the inimitable songwriter has announced that she’s joining the esteemed Matador Records family for a(nother) reissue of her incredible “Sprained Ankle” LP and subsequent releases.
Alongside the news, Baker has also shared some new European tour dates to coincide with her appearance at Primavera Porto, and we’ve also been treated to a studio recording of her track “Funeral Pyre” which has been a kicking about in various (incredible) live forms for a good while, and will be released as a new 7″ single, via Matador, backed by new track “Distant Solar System”.
05/24 Jena, DE – Trafo
05/25 Berlin, DE – Kantine am Berghain
05/28 Hamburg, DE – Aalhaus
05/29 Munster, DE – Pension Schmidt
05/30 Heidelberg, DE – Karlstorbahnhof
05/31 Munich, DE – Milla
06/05 London, UK – Bush Hall
06/06 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
06/09 Porto, PT – Primavera Sound
06/10 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Treading similar ground to the remarkable collection of songs that make up the aforementioned record, “Funeral Pyre”, Julien’s exquisite, breathtakingly evocative voice swirling around the beautiful backdrop of guitar, drifting out of reach like small clouds of breath in to half-frozen night skies. “Call me a coward but I’m too scared to leave / Watched you pouring lighter fluid out onto the leaves / And I would have loved you with the dying fire,” she sings with the same sense of crushing earnestness that quietly hides in the shadows of everything she touches.
Check out “Funeral Pyre” below, and read our interview with her here.