“SPRAINED ANKLE” SONG PREMIERE VIA NPR MUSIC
TITLE TRACK OFF DEBUT ALBUM OUT 10/23/15 VIA 6131 RECORDS
AUGUST TOUR DATES
“A Tennessee singer-songwriter finds strength in vulnerability in her spare but rich solo debut.”– NPR Music
Stream “Sprained Ankle”: https://soundcloud.com/6131ecords/sprained-ankle
July 22, 2015 – Memphis, TN-based singer/songwriter Julien Baker will release her debut album Sprained Ankle on October 23, 2015 via 6131 Records. The title track off the album premiered online yesterday via NPR Music, and the “spare and richly realized” track can also now be streamed and shared on Soundcloud (embed code is below): https://soundcloud.com/6131ecords/sprained-ankle.
Stripped-back and raw with emotion, Sprained Ankle is an intimate and exquisite debut. Nineteen year-old Baker wrote the album’s nine songs across 2014, following her move from Memphis to Murfreesboro for college. Away from her family and close friends (including her band Forrister), writing proved to be a creative, cathartic outlet for her loneliness. The resultant songs are confessional yet accessible, personally contemplative yet universally relatable, unsparingly honest yet deeply heartening – and filled with tales of staggering experiences and striking imagery.
Baker traveled to Richmond, VA at the prompting of a friend to record in Spacebomb Studios, where she kept production simple – hushed, plaintive opener “Blacktop” was captured with a room mic over one take – to match the candid, bare, and lyric-focused nature of her songs, which travels as if by direct line to listeners’ ears. From the gentle elegance of the title track to the haunting, heartrending “Brittle Boned,” from the slow-build mix of defeat and defiance of “Something” to the harrowing, piano-driven closer “Go Home,” Sprained Ankle is a hypnotic, poignant listen. A full track listing and cover artwork are below.
Baker will head out on a brief tour next month in advance of Sprained Ankle’s release, beginning on August 7th in Nashville, TN. The dates continue through August 13th in Columbus, OH and include an August 12th show at Cake Shop in New York, NY. A current itinerary is below.
Sprained Ankle track listing:
- Sprained Ankle
- Brittle Boned
- Everybody Does
- Good News
- Go Home
Julien Baker tour dates:
AUG. 7 NASHVILLE, TN NOSTROMO
AUG. 8 JOHNSON CITY, TN OUR HOUSE
AUG. 9 RICHMOND, VA STRANGE MATTER*
AUG. 11 WASHINGTON, DC HOUSE SHOW
AUG. 12 NEW YORK, NY CAKE SHOP
AUG. 13 COLUMBUS, OH TREE BAR
* with Chris Staples
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For more information on Julien Baker and Sprained Ankle, please contact Amanda Pitts at Cobra Camanda Publicity, tel: 512.551.9385; emailer: firstname.lastname@example.org.