Julien Baker

Underground Arts | 09/13/2016 | Photos by Colin Kerrigan | Words by Allie Volpe

Faced with the uncertainty of life and the trials within it, Julien Baker wrote songs that are meant to elicit vulnerability, instability, fear even. There’s a heartbreaking humanness to her words — “I know I’m a pile of filthy wreckage / you’d wish you never touched” — and an innate relatability in her depictions of self-loathing. Although alone on a stage, Baker is anything but isolated. Her pleads for home or observations of despair are calling cards to those who’ve experienced want, longing, loss. On a Tuesday night in Philadelphia, we had the pleasure of seeing Baker at her most emotive, a pillar of strength in the spotlight.