With the release of her third album Little Oblivions just a few weeks away, Julien Baker has shared new single “Favor” featuring boygenius bandmates Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus.
Baker’s latest offering opens with straightforward acoustic guitar but soon builds into a wash of complex instrumentation and emotion, as Dacus and Bridgers’ voices effortlessly interweave with Baker’s poignant lead vocal.
Dacus explained that the trio sang on “Favor” in Nashville the same day they recorded vocals for Bridgers’ Punisher cut “Graceland Too,” and another song of hers. “That day had the same atmosphere as when we recorded the boygenius EP,” she said in a statement. “Making music was just a natural result of being together, easy as can be but also rare in a way that feels irreplicable. I love the song for its stark but sensitive picture of friendship, what it looks like to recover from broken trust. Makes me think about how truth only ever breaks what should be broken, and how love is never one of those things. I’m always honored to be brought into Julien’s life and music.”
Baker recorded and self-produced Little Oblivions in Memphis, Tennessee. Along with previous singles “Faith Healer” and “Hardline,” “Favor” marks Baker’s step away from an intimate indie setup to include elements of a full band and electronic production.
Little Oblivions will be released on February 26 on Matador. Listen to “Favor” here: