Julien Baker has shared her powerful new single, ‘Hardline’, which is the latest effort to be taken from her highly-anticipated forthcoming album.
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 next month through Matador. The record is her first since 2017’s Turn On The Lights and ‘Hardline’ is the latest single she has shared from the LP, which follows October’s comeback track, ‘Faith Healer’.
‘Hardline’ is the opening track on Little Oblivions, and Baker’s powerful, passionate and fiery delivery is beguiling. Not only does Baker’s vocals paint a vivid picture of a dark struggle on ‘Hardline’, but the addition of the thumping drums and emphatic organs give the song a dreaded sense of jeopardy that crushes with every crescendo. The song is captivating from the first note until the last and makes the listener root for the protagonist fighting a battle that seems to have no end-in-sight.
Baker opens the track with the devastating lines, “Blacked out on a weekday, Still, something that I’m trying to avoid, Start asking for forgiveness in advance, For all the future things I will destroy, That way I can ruin everything”.
The track then ends in an even more cataclysmic way than it started as Baker cries, “Say it’s not so cut and dry, Oh, it isn’t black and white, What if it’s all black, baby? All the time.”
The single arrives alongside a stop-motion animation video, which Baker has explained in a statement: “A few years ago I started collecting travel ephemera again with a loose idea of making a piece of art with it. I had been touring pretty consistently since 2015 and had been travelling so much that items like plane tickets and hotel keycards didn’t have much novelty anymore. So I saved all my travel stuff and made a little collage of a house and a van out of it.
“I wanted to incorporate it into the record and when we were brainstorming ideas for videos we came across Joe Baughman and really liked his work so we reached out with the idea of making a stop-motion video that had similar aesthetic qualities as the house I built did. I don’t know why I have the impulse to write songs or make tiny sculptures out of plane tickets. But here it is anyway: a bunch of things I’ve collected and carried with me that I’ve re-organized into a new shape.”
Take a few minutes out of your day and let Julien Baker invite you into her world with the rapturous ‘Hardline’.