August 17, 2022

The warmth wave that had been smothering the nation all week was nonetheless refusing to budge when “The Wild Hearts Tour” kicked off Thursday (July twenty first) on the Wolf Lure Nationwide Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia (get tickets right here). A tote bag on the merch stand learn, “I went to ‘The Wild Hearts Tour’ and all I obtained was emotional,” the unofficial mission assertion of the triple invoice.

“That is my summer time camp,” Angel Olsen advised the viewers throughout her nine-song set later within the night time. The tour that includes Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, and Julien Baker will proceed to cross the nation this summer time at a COVID-safe sequence of out of doors venues: three singer-songwriters on the high of their respective video games, who’re additionally simply three pals who will return to the identical tour bus each night time, making a shared expertise throughout what would be the coldest summer time of the remainder of their lives.

The solar was setting as Julien Baker took the west-facing stage; had she gone on even a couple of minutes earlier, it might have shone straight in her eyes. Even underneath the ethereal wood rafters of Wolf Lure’s open-air and seated Filene Heart it was powerful to discover a breeze. Undaunted by the ocean of sweaty faces within the viewers, Baker purposefully dove proper right into a full-throated model of a sparsely-instrumented tune, the title monitor to her 2015 album Sprained Ankle.

Baker is a consummate and polished skilled, even whereas delivering songs in regards to the chaotic forces of habit and poor psychological well being. She was the primary artist on the invoice — however not the final — to tell the viewers that the schedule for her set was tight. Wolf Lure is run by the Nationwide Park Service, and it appeared like a stern park ranger or two had put the worry of God in all three of them: Wrap by 11, or else.

Wild Hearts Tour Kickoff

Julien Baker, photograph by Shannon Flack for Wolf Lure

Baker charged by “Bloodshot,” from 2021’s Little Oblivions — her third LP and her first full-band album. She appeared a bit of harried as she unstrapped her guitar and moved throughout the stage to take her place behind the keyboard, even because the ambient temperature lastly began to drop by perhaps one diploma. After enjoying standalone single “Tokyo,” Baker took a measured strategy to Little Oblivions tracks “Favor” and “Relative Fiction.”

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