Julien Baker is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Tennessee who recorded Sprained Ankle, her forthcoming debut album, at Matthew E. White’s Spacebomb studio in Richmond, Virginia. That’s the same studio that gave us Natalie Prass’ devastating self-titled debut earlier this year, and it’s a space that’s known for sophisticated, sweeping orchestral pop music. But everything we’ve heard from Sprained Ankle (the previously posted “Sprained Ankle” and “Something“) doesn’t fit that bill. Instead, these are slow and patient and fragile songs, built around ringing acoustic guitars and muted drums. They’re immaculately recorded and intricately arranged, but there’s a hushed intimacy to them that feels unique. “Brittle-Boned,” the third song we’ve heard from the album, is just a killer, and you can hear it below.
Sprained Ankle is out 10/23 on 6131 Records. Pre-order it here.