Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
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Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle

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Sprained Ankle is a solo, singer-songwriter album, but very little of it would be considered "folky." She professes David Bazan, MeWithoutYou's Aaron Weiss, and Ben Gibbard as idols, but her guitar playing bears more of their influence than their vocals. She's a minimalist, playing bassy clusters of melodic thirds, flicking silvery harmonics, palm-muting chords. It's gorgeously recorded and yet, there's still the suggestion that these might've been demos—the scant overdubs of drums or harmonized vocals just drive home how lonely Baker is, that she may have meant these to eventually be full-band arrangements one day. -Pitchfork

 


 


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