Julien Baker has shared “Hardline,” the opener on her upcoming studio album Little Oblivions.
The song builds from its demure opening notes into a melancholic storm of evocative lyricism, melodies and roaring guitar. Focusing on the topics of mental health and substance abuse, “Hardline” is another moving sample of Baker’s deeply personal songwriting.
The track dropped alongside a stop-motion animation clip, directed by Joe Baughman. The strangely apocalyptic visual features sculptures made out of ’60s and ’70s print media and a collection of travel trinkets Baker had personally accumulated over years.
“Man, even after having spent 600 hours immersed in ‘Hardline’ and having listened to it thousands of times, I am still moved by it,” Baughman shared in a statement. “It was a fun and ambitious challenge creating something that could accompany such a compelling song.”
“Hardline” is the latest preview of Little Oblivions, following “Faith Healer.” Baker recently performed the latter during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Little Oblivions will arrive on February 26 via Matador Records. Watch the “Hardline” video below: