Julien Baker's highly-anticipated third album, Little Oblivions, is due out February 26 via Matador, and she's just shared its second single, first track "Hardline." Like "Faith Healer," it's a more fleshed-out sounding song than many others we've heard from Julien in the past, but it's still as emotionally resonant as her more spare, bare bones material.
"A few years ago I started collecting travel ephemera again with a loose idea of making a piece of art with it," Julien writes. "I had been touring pretty consistently since 2015 and had been traveling so much that items like plane tickets and hotel keycards didn't have much novelty anymore. So I saved all my travel stuff and made a little collage of a house and a van out of it. I wanted to incorporate it into the record and when we were brainstorming ideas for videos we came across Joe Baughman and really liked his work so we reached out with the idea of making a stop-motion video that had similar aesthetic qualities as the house I built did. I don't know why I have the impulse to write songs or make tiny sculptures out of plane tickets. But here it is anyway: a bunch of things I've collected and carried with me that I've re-organized into a new shape."