Artist of the week: Julien Baker
Julien Baker is a 20 years old singer songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee, that developed her musician skills as a member of her high school band Forrister, with whom she kept performing with while attending college outside Nashville. It was during her first year outside her homeland that she started recording songs on her own. In a strange twist of fate that remains to be fully explained, she ended up recording the nine songs of her debut LP at Matthew E. White’s Spacebomb Studios, in Richmond, a very strange fit since the facilities are better known for producing orchestral pop than the stark sounds that are the flesh and bone of her songs.
If the soulful and melancholic melodies of Sprained Ankle invokes the musical landscape shared by the likes of Bon Iver, Birdy and Nathalie Prass, her voice and delivery brings to mind both Torres and Sharon Van Etten, a fine mixture of influences that only reinforces the singularity of her own voice. One of the most delicate and poignant debuts of 2015.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.