Julien Baker has announced her new solo album Little Oblivions and released its lead single, “Faith Healer.”
As with many of Baker’s songs, “Faith Healer” is a charming indie gem charged with emotion. The song also arrived with a music video depicting a man wrestling with himself within a church, while other characters deal with loss and disconnection from others.
The Tennessee singer-songwriter described “Faith Healer” as “a song about vices, both the obvious and the more insidious ways that they show up in the human experience.” In a statement, she said, “I started writing this song two years ago and it began as a very literal examination of addiction. For a while, I only had the first verse, which is just a really candid confrontation of the cognitive dissonance a person who struggles with substance abuse can feel—the overwhelming evidence that this substance is harming you, and the counterintuitive but very real craving for the relief it provides.”
“Faith Healer” also notably features more fleshed-out instrumentation than expected from Baker, marking a shift from the sparse vocals-and-guitars sound of her previous albums, 2017’s Turn Out the Lights and 2016’s Sprained Ankle. Baker played nearly all the instruments on the album, which was engineered by Calvin Lauber, who also worked on Turn Out the Lights.
Little Oblivions will be released by Matador Records on February 26. Watch the video for “Faith Healer” here: