[Photo Courtesy of Late Night with Seth Meyers on YouTube]
By Paul Nern, Contributor
Julien Baker performed “Hardline” on Tuesday on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The single opens Baker’s newest album, Little Oblivions, which Matador Records released Friday.
Read more: Julien Baker Announces Virtual Concert for ‘Little Oblivions’
The single is a hard-hitting track that expands on Baker’s already established sound. “Hardline” has “one of the biggest choruses of the indie singer-songwriter’s career. It’s post-rock, it’s shoegaze, it’s pure catharsis,” described a review from The Fader.
Baker will also perform a live-streamed concert to promote her new album March 25 via STAGED, Audiotree’s virtual concert series. The show will be streamed at 9 p.m. EDT. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. The concert will be watchable for 24 hours after the stream.
Little Oblivions is Julien Baker’s third full-length album. It follows Turn Out the Lights, which was released in 2017. Baker first broke into the indie scene with her 2015 record, Sprained Ankle. She received widespread critical acclaim for her eye-opening lyrics, which include reflections on identity, love, addiction and faith. Baker’s stage presence is quiet and reserved; few sounds exist between her songs and the crowd as they patiently wait for her next piece.
Baker is also known for her work in boygenius, an indie-rock super-trio of her, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. Formed in 2018, the group released the EP boygenius and subsequently toured the U.S. The EP earned general acclaim and launched the group to the front of indie music by the year’s end.
Watch Baker’s Late Night performance: