Julien Baker Tries Not to Sweat the Small Stuff on "Heatwave"

It's the latest song from 'Little Oblivions,' which arrives this week
Julien Baker Tries Not to Sweat the Small Stuff on 'Heatwave'
Photo: Alysse Gafkjen
By the end of this week, Julien Baker will be all set to put out her third full-length album Little Oblivions. Having shared songs like "Hardline," "Faith Healer," and "Favor" with her boygenius collaborators, Baker has returned with one more tune before the album's release.

Today, the singer-songwriter shares "Heatwave," alongside a lyric video created by Sabrina Nichols. Clocking in just under three minutes, the track is an examination of the fragility of life, and the power we give to insignificant things.

"Maybe it's a trite or well-trod topic, but 'Heatwave' is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial," Baker said in a statement. "I was stuck in traffic because a car had randomly combusted, and it made me feel so stupid for being concerned with the things I had been anxious about earlier that day. It was just such a poignant thing, an event that communicated a lot of complex things in a single image."

She added: "So I wrote a song about it. I know I'm not the first person to witness an atrocity and consider my own mortality or life's fragility because of it, but that truly was my experience."

Listen to Baker's latest below and read Exclaim!'s 9/10 review of Little Oblivions ahead of its release on Friday (February 26) through Matador.