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Julien Baker Premieres "Appointments"

In 2015, Julien Baker released one of the year's most quietly remarkable debut albums in Sprained Ankle. A stunning collection of sparse confessionals on faith, substance abuse and depression, it slowly gathered steam throughout 2016 and eventually landed Baker a well-deserved deal with Matador Records.

It's with Matador that Baker will release her newly announced sophomore album, Turn Out the Lights. You can listen to the album's moving first single, "Appointments," below.

Though the production values may be a bit higher, Baker has lost none of her power as a songwriter, and she moves effortlessly through the emotional peaks and valleys of the song.

You can preorder Turn Out the Lightshere. For more on Baker, follow along on Facebook.

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at guitarworld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.