In a time when young artists can be discovered overnight and rocketed towards Lorde-esque success, Julien Baker is the latest teen songwriter to come onto the scene, with the title track from her new Sprained Ankle album.
And quite frankly, the song is gorgeous. Julien’s soft voice sings about the pain of, well, pain, and its part in her creative process. With muted bass and tinny guitar notes, the song seems to take the 90’s grunge angst and apply to it some 21st century subtlety.
While it’s tricky for young women to distinguish themselves from the scores of other talented, young female artists, Baker has distinguished her music by being vulnerable and honest. She’s just herself.