Julien Baker just dropped another track, “Favor,” from her upcoming album Little Oblivions. The song sees Baker reuniting with her Boygenius bandmates Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus.
“We sang on ‘Favor’ in Nashville the same day we recorded vocals for ‘Graceland Too’ and a song of mine,” Dacus said in a statement about the song. “That day had the same atmosphere as when we recorded the boygenius EP. Making music was just a natural result of being together, easy as can be but also rare in a way that feels irreplicable.”
Bridgers agreed, adding, “Julien is one of those people whose opinion you want to hear about everything. A true critical thinker with an ever-changing and ridiculously articulate worldview. Her music changes in the same way, and this record is my favorite thing she’s ever done. I’m sure I’ll think the same about the next one.”
The song’s lyrics see Baker grappling with the way she views herself and her place in this world. “I always wanna tell the truth // But it never seems like the right time,” she sings. She sums up her fears with “How long do I have until // I’ve spent up everyone’s goodwill?”
Lyrics like “I used to think about myself // like I was a talented liar // Turns out that all my friends were // trying to do me a favor” add to the extremely personal nature of the song. Baker describes highly specific moments and feelings, but still manages to make them feel universal for her listeners.
The production is understated — the better to show off Baker’s intricate lyrics.
“Favor” follows previous releases “Hardline” and “Faith Healer.” Little Oblivions will be released February 26. We can’t wait to hear it — plus whatever else the members of Boygenius have to offer us.
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