Julien Baker sends shivers down spines with Soundgarden cover on KEXP - watch here

Ahead of the release of new album Little Oblivions on 26th February, Baker covered the iconic grunge band's 1994 single.
Posted: 13 January 2021 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall

In an unlikely turn from Julien Baker, the striking singer-songwriter included a spine-tingling cover of Soundgarden's 1994 single 'Fell On Black Days'.

Taken aback by the depth of the late Chris Cornell's songwriting throughout a recent deep-dive into the iconic Seattle band's work, Baker said "I heard this song, and it was just flooring. You know, I think there's so many cuts off of Soundgarden records that are so good and so complex. His writing has always been particularly haunting to me" during the interview with Cheryl Waters. 

Check out the full performance below, and skip to 42:54 for her delicate rendition:

Baker also today revealed the music video for 'Hardline' directed by stop-motion animator Joe Baughman, the second single from her high-anticipated album Little Oblivions set for release on 26th February on Matador Records

A tangible visual interpretation of a collage Baker made, the figurines and sets that are are built from the mementos of Baker's touring life: "I had been touring pretty consistently since 2015 and had been traveling so much that items like plane tickets and hotel keycards didn't have much novelty anymore. So I saved all my travel stuff and made a little collage of a house and a van out of it. I don't know why I have the impulse to write songs or make tiny sculptures out of plane tickets. But here it is anyway: a bunch of things I've collected and carried with me that I've re-organized into a new shape.”

Take a look at the impressive video below:

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