Two of the three singles from Julien Baker’s debut album, Sprained Ankle, have made their way onto our 5 Best Songs list, and for good reason. The kind of sparse, stark emotional clarity that the 20-year-old songwriter puts into all of her songs make them heavy with the weight of experience, and a sense of dreading, overwhelming immediacy. It’s a beautiful record, one that wallows in sadness but doesn’t feel defined or constrained by it. Listen to it via Vulture below.
Sprained Ankle is out 10/23 via 6131 Records.