While gearing up for the release of Little Oblivions on February 26th, Julien Baker has shared a video for the album’s captivating opener, “Hardline.”
The explosive, slow-building new track serves as a powerful post-rock symphony, building and building until Baker stabs you in the heart with the final lyric, “You say it’s not so cut and dry/ It isn’t black and white/ What if it’s all black baby, all the time?” The devastating follow-up to “Faith Healer” comes accompanied by a stop-motion animation from Joe Baughman.
“Even after having spent 600 hours immersed in ‘Hardline’ and having listened to it thousands of times, I am still moved by it,” Baughman explains. “It was a fun and ambitious challenge creating something that could accompany such a compelling song. The style of the set design, inspired by a sculpture that Julien created, was especially fun to work in. I loved sifting through magazines, maps, and newspapers from the 60s and 70s and finding the right colours, shapes, and quotes to cover almost every surface in the video.”
Watch the video for “Hardline” below.