Julien Baker Turn Out the Lights LP
Julien Baker's solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely hailed
works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-yearold and her friend in only a few
days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and
grace, centered entirely around Baker's voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty.
The album appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to New York
With Turn Out the Lights, Baker returns to a much bigger stage, but with the
same core of breathtaking vulnerability and resilience. From its opening
moments - when her chiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings
- Turn Out the Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the
intimacy that has become a hallmark of her songs.
The album was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in her hometown of
Memphis, TN, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire). This
evolution from ‘Sprained Ankle’s intentionally spare production allows Baker —
who is still the album’s sole producer and writer — greater scope and freedom.
Strings and woodwinds now shade the corners of her compositions, and Baker takes
to piano rather than guitar on several tracks, pushing the 21-year-old Baker’s
work to cinematic heights of intensity.
• Vinyl LP
• Limited time digital download
3. Turn Out The Lights
5. Sour Breath
1. Everything To Help You Sleep
2. Happy To Be Here
3. Hurt Less
5. Claws In Your Back