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Julien Baker reunites boygenius for new single 'Favor'

Julien Baker - 'Favor'
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Julien Baker has shared a melancholic delight in the form of her new single, ‘Favor’.

The track is the latest single to be taken from the 25-year-old’s upcoming third studio album, Little Oblivions, which is set to hit shelves next month through Matador. The album is her first since 2017’s Turn On The Lights, and ‘Favor’ follows previous single ‘Hardline’ and October’s comeback track, ‘Faith Healer’. The forthcoming record is shaping up to be 2021’s most-emotionally crippling yet comforting album and seems an appropriate soundtrack for the world right now.

Undoubtedly 2020’s most tearjerking effort came courtesy of Baker’s boygenius bandmate Phoebe Bridgers and her sophomore album, Punisher. ‘Favor’ has seen the two women link up once more, along with their fellow boygenius member Lucy Dacus and, on the track, they recreated that initial magic that oozed out of their highly acclaimed 2019 EP.

Bridgers commented on the reunion: “Julien is one of those people whose opinion you want to hear about everything. A true critical thinker with an ever-changing and ridiculously articulate worldview. Her music changes in the same way, and this record is my favourite thing she’s ever done. I’m sure I’ll think the same about the next one.”

Meanwhile, Dacus added: “We sang on ‘Favor’ in Nashville the same day we recorded vocals for Graceland Too and a song of mine. That day had the same atmosphere as when we recorded the boygenius EP. Making music was just a natural result of being together, easy as can be but also rare in a way that feels irreplicable.

“I love the song for its stark but sensitive picture of friendship, what it looks like to recover from broken trust. Makes me think about how truth only ever breaks what should be broken, and how love is never one of those things. I’m always honoured to be brought into Julien’s life and music.”

‘Favor’ is further proof of the innate chemistry that occurs when these three women step into the studio together and the magic that commences. Baker’s upcoming record continues to impress with each track released hinting towards her growth as a songwriter. Her diaristic lyrics float like a stream of consciousness through the track that gives her words solemnity.