Julien Baker has announced her newest album Little Oblivions which is set to be released February 26th via Matador. This is the follow up to 2017’s Turn Out The Lights. She has also shared the first single from the album titled “Faith Healer” with an accompanying video.
Speaking about the new song Baker said:
“Put most simply, I think that “Faith Healer” is a song about vices, both the obvious and the more insidious ways that they show up in the human experience. I started writing this song 2 years ago and it began as a very literal examination of addiction. For awhile, I only had the first verse, which is just a really candid confrontation of the cognitive dissonance a person who struggles with substance abuse can feel—the overwhelming evidence that this substance is harming you, and the counterintuitive but very real craving for the relief it provides. When I revisited the song I started thinking about the parallels between the escapism of substance abuse and the other various means of escapism that had occupied a similar, if less easily identifiable, space in my psyche.
There are so many channels and behaviors that we use to placate discomfort unhealthily which exist outside the formal definition of addiction. I (and so many other people) are willing to believe whomever—a political pundit, a preacher, a drug dealer, an energy healer—when they promise healing, and how that willingness, however genuine, might actually impede healing.”
Earlier in the years Baker also appeared on Boygenius bandmate, Phoebe Bridgers standout sophomore album Punisher, read our review here.
Watch the new video below.