Julien Baker – “Funeral Pyre”

We named Julien Baker’s trembling powerhouse debut Sprained Ankle one of the best albums of 2015, and it seems Matador Records agrees. The storied NYC indie label has signed Baker and will reissue the album this St. Patrick’s Day for territories outside the US and Australia. That same day, Matador is also releasing a new 7″ featuring the studio version of “Funeral Pyre,” a song Baker has been playing live for a while. The single will feature “Distant Solar System” as a B-side. Hear the studio version of “Funeral Pyre” below.

To commemorate the new single, Baker sat down with NPR’s Bob Boilen for an interview, which you can hear below. “Funeral Pyre” plays at 6:40.

Baker has also tour dates coming up on both sides of the Atlantic:

01/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater w/ Ben Gibbard
01/19 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
01/20 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
02/17 Davenport, IA @ GAS Feed & Seed Fest
02/18 Champaign, IL @ The Accord w/ Thunder Dreamer
04/22-04/23 N. Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival w/ Avett Brothers, The Shins, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Lucius, Charles Bradley
05/24 Jena, DE @ Trafo
05/25 Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
05/28 Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
05/29 Munster, DE @ Pension Schmidt
05/30 Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
05/31 Munich, DE @ Milla
06/05 London, UK @ Bush Hall
06/06 Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
06/09 Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
06/10 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

The “Funeral Pyre” b/w “Distant Solar System” single is out 3/17 on Matador. Pre-order it here.

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