Music Video Monday: Julien Baker

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It's Music Video Monday, and you've got appointments to keep.
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Memphis emo queen Julien Baker has a new album, called Turn Out The Lights, which will drop on October 27. Baker recorded at Ardent Studios for the prestigious Matador label. The video for first single, "Appointments", directed by Sopia Peer, who has worked with The National, Paramore, and Interpol.

The video was shot at Shelby Forest. "Making the 'Appointments' video was an incredibly special experience because I got the pleasure of collaborating with artists I admire and to see them apply their creativity and talent to something I made," says Baker. "I've known Christina McKinney (choreographer), as well as a few of the dancers, since I was a kid. I've always been fascinated with how that art form works in tandem with music; it was amazing to see the vision that Christina had for the song, how she interpreted the sounds as movement, and then to see how Sophia chose to portray and capture it all. It felt very full circle to return to Memphis to work on this, I'm so proud of Memphis and wanted to show off the immense artistry that I see there. Not only were Christina and many of the characters in the video friends, but the crew also included many people I have known and worked with for years. All the scenes and locations are also central to Memphis, I think Sophia did such a good job of preserving the intimate feel of the video by shooting it with people/in locations that had significance to me, and I'm so thankful. The most gratifying part of making music is its ability to be shared and belong to more people than myself, and it was very meaningful to make something with and for other people, to take something as personal as this song and invite others in, allow them to contribute their 'thing,' whatever it may be."


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