While gearing up for the release of Little Oblivions this Friday, February 26th, Julien Baker has shared a lyric video for her melancholic new track, “Heatwave.”
The new track slowly builds into an explosive ending, as Baker delivers absolutely devastating lyrics like, “On a long spiral down/ Before I make it to the ground/ I’ll wrap Orion’s Belt around my neck/ And kick the chair out.” “Heatwave” follows recent singles “Hardline,” “Faith Healer,” and Baker’s Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus collaboration, “Favor.”
“Maybe it’s a trite or well-trod topic, but ‘Heatwave’ is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial,” Baker explains. “I was stuck in traffic because a car had randomly combusted, and it made me feel so stupid for being concerned with the things I had been anxious about earlier that day. It was just such a poignant thing, an event that communicated a lof complex things in a single image. So I wrote a song about it. I know I’m not the first person to witness an atrocity and consider my own mortality or life’s fragility because of it, but that truly was my experience”
Watch the lyric video for “Heatwave” below.
“Theoretically the lesson or symbolism to be interpreted there is that life is previous and it’s not worth it to give your time and energy to negative thoughts, but jesus, how could you be a person alive on earth right now and not have negative thoughts,” Baker continues. ” It’s certainly less romantic to say that the consideration of life’s fragility made me feel relieved at my own inconsequence; but it’s trute; it is comforting to think of the minuscule role everyone plays in the human drama, to realize we have more choice about what we give power over us than we maybe thought.
Baker also recently announced that she’s set to perform her first livestream concert in support of the record on February 26th. Baker will be performing three screenings from Nashville’s Analog on March 25th at 7:00 p.m. GST, 8:00 p.m. AEDT, and 9:00 p.m. EST. Mini Trees will also serve as the support act for Baker.
Tickets are available here, starting at $15, and every screening will be available on-demand for 24 hours after the show finishes.