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Julien Baker signs to Matador Records, shares new single “Funeral Pyre” — listen

on January 06, 2017, 11:37am

Photo by Ben Kaye

Julien Baker was one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful singer-songwriter voices to come out of 2016 — which is exactly why we CoSigned her. Now, the young Memphis musician has taken the next step in her career by signing to Matador Records for a re-release of her Sprained Ankle debut and a brand new 7-inch single.

Featuring a pair of songs from the Sprained Ankle sessions, the 7-inch is due out March 17th. The B-side is a track called “Distant Solar System”, while the title track and A-side, “Funeral Pyre” is available to listen to now. As can be expected from Baker, it’s a delicate, fingerpicked song that finds her hushed vocals simply captivating as she sings, “I would’ve loved you with a dying fire/ Let you smother me down to the embers from spite/ Turning my limbs black as cinder/ A funeral pyre.” Listen below

Matador will re-release Sprained Ankle on CD and vinyl on March 17th in all territories outside of the US and Australia. Baker will tour the Midwest later this month with Ben Gibbard before heading overseas for a spring EU tour. Her complete itinerary is below.

Julien Baker 2017 Tour Dates:
01/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater *
01/19 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
01/20 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
02/17 – Davenport, IA @ GAS Feed & Seed Fest
02/18 – Champaign, IL @ The Accord #
04/22-23 – N. Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival
05/24 – Jena, DE @ Trafo
05/25 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
05/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
05/29 – Munster, DE @ Pension Schmidt
05/30 – Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
05/31 – Munich, DE @ Milla
06/05 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
06/06 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
06/09 – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
06/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

* = w/ Ben Gibbard
# = w/ Thunder Dreamer