TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
Tennessee’s Julien Baker impressed with
2015’s Sprained Ankle, a riveting record which found her grappling with being Southern,
Christian and queer. This equally compelling follow-up sees Baker confront her internal conflicts, and realise happiness isn’t a given.
“Why is it easy for everyone else? I’m not always like this – there’s always tomorrow, I guess,” she sings on the cathartic title song. As she alternates between supremely intimate piano ballads and spikier guitar-based tracks, her remarkable voice – youthful but bruised – keeps swelling with emotion. At 21, she’s already one of those artists who can’t help but hold your full attention.