Julien Baker publishes a superb stop-motion video for the new song “Hardline”
Julien Baker has released a new music video for “Hardline”, which will be featured on his next studio album. Little oversights, released on February 26 via Matador Records. This clip was created using stop-motion animation, created by director Joe Baughman.
“Hardline” was created using cut papers and focuses on two anthropomorphic dog figures, which create a destructive device capable of forming a tornado. At the end of the video, they unleash their natural disaster, which destroys their entire city in papier mache. The instrumental of the piece captures this destruction perfectly, as its melancholy chords and rhythms blend perfectly with the winter aesthetic, before resuming during the chorus and destruction sequences. Baker’s voice is also a highlight, as it gives a heartfelt touch to every word.
The idea for this type of animation came from papier-mÃ¢chÃ© sculptures Baker made from key cards and plane tickets, which she encountered on a tour. She eventually built a sculpture of a house and a van from these materials, which inspired similar objects in the clip.
âI wanted to put it on the record and when we were brainstorming ideas for videos we ran into Joe Baughman and really liked his work. built did it, âBaker explained in a press release. âI don’t know why I want to write songs or make tiny sculptures out of plane tickets. But here it is anyway: a bunch of things that I gathered and took with me that I rearranged into a new form.
This most recent single follows âFaith Healerâ which was released in October. Baker has appeared in a few live events including the Newport Virtual Folk Festival and Isol-Aid.
Photo credit: Kalyn Oyer