Simple yet affecting, this cover reminds us of everything we love about Julien Baker. In her ambient rendering of Elliot Smith’s “Ballad of Big Nothing”, Baker brings her signature tremble and haunted cadence, as well as her penchant to stare into the void. The combination works brilliantly for this version of “Ballad of Big Nothing”, firmly delivering something new yet utterly comfortable. This cover fits well into her repertoire, and also beckons for more. She only just released her first album last year, and if “Ballad of Big Nothing” is any indication, we can only continue to expect excellent things from this young talent.