Julien Baker – “Sprained Ankle”
19-year-old Julien Baker just released her debut album, Sprained Ankle, but it didn’t take long for the praise of the Tennessee artist to start coming in. Stereogum decided that “you need an album like this in your life, even if you don’t know it yet,” while Pitchfork warned that the debut could “bring you to your knees.” Reviews like that can almost certainly set the artist up for failure, but on songs like the title track, “Sprained Ankle,” it is easier to see where the critics are coming from. Overtop a plucking guitar, Baker creates a delicate song that’s simplicity is also wherein lies its beauty. The album is worth checking out if you’ve got a midterm or paper to write, or just to see if you agree with the hype.
Santigold – “Can’t Get Enough of Myself”
Santigold recently announced that her third album, 99¢, will be out on Jan. 22 and with the news came the albums first single “Can’t Get Enough of Myself.” The feel-good song contains whistling, upbeat trumpets and the Philadelphia singer declaring “I don’t know what I will do but I can’t get enough of myself.” The album is set to feature production from Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and GOOD Music affiliate Hit-Boy. Of the album and its title, she says “everything is a product at this point, including people and relationships, and everything’s about marketing products. So, I’m a product. And also, everything is undervalued, so I thought 99 cents is a good price for me and my life and all my hard work.” We’ll see if people agree once the record is released.