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Julien Baker announces new album, Turn Out the Lights, shares lead single “Appointments”: Stream

CoSigned indie folk artist returns with her sophomore album and a new tour

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    Julien Baker earned herself a CoSign and a ton of praise for the shorn sincerity on her debut album, Sprained Ankle. Two years later, the Memphis songwriter is set to return with more gorgeous emotionalism with her sophomore record, Turn Out the Lights.

    Due out October 27th via Matador Records, Baker self-produced the record at her hometown’s Ardent Studios. Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire) was on hand to handle mixing.

    The 11-track effort expands on the depths of Baker’s songwriting, maintaining an affecting sense of confessionalism as she “embraces the grays and complex truths of humanity and mental health,” as a press release puts it.

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    As a first listen, Baker has shared the lead single, “Appointments”. The song is a stunningly open-hearted ballad of moving piano and powerful vocals. It’s Baker laid bare as ever, her fears and strained hope all spread out over swelling yet minimalist instrumentation. Take a listen below.

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    Turn Out the Lights Tracklist:
    01. Over
    02. Appointments
    03. Turn Out The Lights
    04. Shadowboxing
    05. Sour Breath
    06. Televangelist
    07. Everything That Helps You Sleep
    08. Happy To Be Here
    09. Hurt Less
    10. Even
    11. Claws In Your Back

    Pre-orders for Turn Out the Lights are going on here.

    Baker will tour behind the record this fall; find her complete itinerary below.

    Julien Baker 2017 Tour Dates:
    08/17 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater *
    08/26 – Davenport, IA @ Adler Theatre #
    09/20 – Chicago, IL @ Amnesty International & Sofar Sounds Give A Home show
    09/21 – Champaign, IL @ The Pygmalion Festival 2017
    10/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade +
    10/13 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom +
    10/14 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle +
    10/15 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater +
    10/17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club +
    10/18 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre +
    10/20 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre +
    10/25 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount +
    10/27 – New York, NY @ Town Hall +
    10/28 – Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theatre +
    10/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer +
    11/03 – The Hague, NL @ Crossing Border Festival
    11/04 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
    11/06 – Bristol, UK @ The Lantern
    11/07 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
    11/08 – Glasgow, UK @ CCA
    11/09 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans
    11/10 – London, UK @ Union Chapel
    11/12 – Brussels, BE @ Autumn Falls
    11/14 – Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen Neukolln
    11/15 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
    11/16 – Düsseldorf, DE @ New Fall Festival
    11/17 – Madrid, ES @ El Sol
    11/18 – Braga, PT @ Theatro Circo
    11/19 – Barcelona, ES @ La De Apolo
    11/29 – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre
    11/30 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
    12/01 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge
    12/02 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall +
    12/07 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett +
    12/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre +
    12/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre +
    12/10 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater +
    12/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore +
    12/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palace Theatre +
    12/15 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic +
    12/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom +
    12/18 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s +
    12/19 – Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater +
    12/20 – Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater +

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    * = w/ Belle & Sebastian
    # = w/ Ben Folds
    + = w/ Half Waif

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