Julien Baker debuts her moving new video for ‘Appointments‘, the first single from her forthcoming new album Turn Out The Lights, released on Friday 27th October via Matador Records / Remote Control Records. The haunting clip — directed by Sophia Peer (Paramore, The National, Interpol) — can now be seen below.
“Making the ‘Appointments’ video was an incredibly special experience because I got the pleasure of collaborating with artists I admire and to see them apply their creativity and talent to something I made,” says Baker. “I’ve known Christina McKinney (choreographer), as well as a few of the dancers, since I was a kid. I’ve always been fascinated with how that art form works in tandem with music; it was amazing to see the vision that Christina had for the song, how she interpreted the sounds as movement, and then to see how Sophia chose to portray and capture it all.
It felt very full circle to return to Memphis to work on this, I’m so proud of Memphis and wanted to show off the immense artistry that I see there. Not only were Christina and many of the characters in the video friends, but the crew also included many people I have known and worked with for years. All the scenes and locations are also central to Memphis, I think Sophia did such a good job of preserving the intimate feel of the video by shooting it with people/in locations that had significance to me, and I’m so thankful. The most gratifying part of making music is its ability to be shared and belong to more people than myself, and it was very meaningful to make something with and for other people, to take something as personal as this song and invite others in, allow them to contribute their ‘thing,’ whatever it may be.”
The song has been earning glowing critical praise over the past month since its release, from outlets including The New York Times, NPR Music (‘Songs We Love’), Pitchfork (‘Best New Track’), NY Magazine’s Vulture (‘7 Best New Songs of the Week’), Entertainment Weekly (‘New Music Friday: 19 Releases To Hear Now’), and Stereogum (‘The Five Best Songs of the Week’), among many others. The follow-up to Baker’s acclaimed 2015 debut album Sprained Ankle (6131 Records), Turn Out The Lights is being counted among the fall’s most anticipated releases by The New York Times, Billboard, The Atlantic, Harper’s Bazaar, Brooklyn Vegan, and Consequence Of Sound.
Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Baker’s hometown of Memphis, TN, Turn Out The Lights expands upon the sound and vision of Sprained Ankle while retaining the haunting, confessional songwriting style for which she has become known. Throughout the album, she reflects on experiences of her own and those closest to her, exploring the internal conflicts that wrestle inside us all: how we deal and cope with our struggles, and how it all impacts both ourselves and our relationships of all kinds. The result is a deeply empathetic album that embraces the grays and complex truths of humanity and mental health. Turn Out The Lights was written and produced by Baker, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire, Florence & the Machine).
Do your dusty eyeballs a favour and check it out