Julien Baker - 'Turn Out The Lights'

Format: LP
Colour: Green Swirl

The critically acclaimed second studio album from the rapidly rising emo-influenced singer-songwriter Julien Baker. She plays highly haunting, heartbreaking, atmospheric and emotionally charged tunes that are built on layers, confessional lyrics and moments of catharsis. She's rooted herself firmly in the emo/punk/hardcore world having featured on Touche Amore's 2016 album, supported Paramore and Brand New have been covering her songs at their shows, but if you're into the likes of early Laura Marling, The National, Conor Oberst or Deathcab For Cutie then this is one to get on your radar.

Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Baker’s hometown of Memphis, TN, Turn Out The Lights expands upon the sound and vision of Sprained Ankle while retaining the haunting, confessional songwriting style for which she has become known. Throughout the album, Baker reflects on experiences of her own and those closest to her, exploring the internal conflicts that wrestle inside us all: how we deal and cope with our struggles, and how it all impacts both ourselves and our relationships of all kinds. The result is a deeply empathetic album that embraces the greys and complex truths of humanity and mental health.