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Julien Baker releases cathartic new single 'Heatwave'

Julien Baker - 'Heatwave'
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Julien Baker has shared the final teaser from her upcoming new album with her cathartic new effort, ‘Heatwave’.

The track is the latest single to be taken from the 25-year-old’s upcoming third studio album, Little Oblivions, set to hit shelves and streaming services on Friday through Matador. The album is her first since 2017’s Turn On The Lights and her third in total.

The latest single is another honest effort from Baker as she gears up to release her most fragile and open piece of work to date. ‘Heatwave’ summarises the real struggle that many people are going through right now and arrives as a hug dressed as a song for anybody who currently feels like they are fighting a losing battle.

“Maybe it’s a trite or well-trod topic, but ‘Heatwave’ is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial,” she says about the track. “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. I know I’m not the first person to witness an atrocity and consider my own mortality or life’s fragility because of it, but that truly was my experience.

“Theoretically the lesson or symbolism to be interpreted there is that life is precious and it’s not worth it to give your time and energy to negative thoughts, but Jesus, how could you be a person alive on earth right now and not have negative thoughts? It’s certainly less romantic to say that the consideration of life’s fragility made me feel relieved at my own inconsequence, but it’s true; it is comforting to think of the minuscule role everyone plays in the human drama, to realize we have more choice about what we give power over us than we maybe thought.”

Baker’s forthcoming effort is shaping up to be 2021’s most-emotionally crippling yet comforting album and seems an appropriate soundtrack for the weird world right now. Check out the lyric video below.