During an interview that came out yesterday, Stereogum revealed
what you and I already know: Julien Baker
is a gem. She feeds the homeless mid-interview. She embraces adoring fans. And she's written an album about grief and mental illness in the hopes that it will help others heal. That album, Turn Out the Lights
, is due out tomorrow.
If you're a cynic and don't believe that anyone would stop for a selfless act with the press watching and not have some kind of agenda, take a look at her social media. Her Twitter feed reveals that she has contributed to a number of charity concerts and albums over the years, including a show for Amnesty International.
Baker's new album is bent towards helping people, but it's also apparently very much about her own struggles with depression. Regarding her songwriting process, she told W Magazine
earlier this week that "Sometimes, it feels artificial to try to come up with a solution to something that none of us know how to solve," she said. "Sometimes, what's helpful is to admit that we are discouraged and admit that we are at a loss." Baker also noted during that interview that "There's less outright despair and more of an acceptance of lost-ness," on the record, but that doesn't mean it won't make you tear up a little.
If you just can't wait for the whole album to come out tomorrow, here's Julien Baker's video for "Appointments" off the upcoming album.