Premature Evaluation: Big Thief Two Hands

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Big-Thief-Two-HandsFor a band whose most affecting moments are often gentle meditations or rock songs on the more elusive end of the spectrum, Big Thief sure know how to take a year by storm. Back in May, they released their third album U.F.O.F.. It was met with immediate acclaim from fans and critics alike; … More »

Big Thief’s Big Year

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I am trying very hard to make this orange look like an orange. But after trying my best to bring my illustration of Adrianne Lenker’s snack to three-dimensional justice, I must concede that I have inadvertently drawn the sort of bowel movement that should make one hurriedly call their doctor. More »

Album Of The Week: Big Thief U.F.O.F.

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Big Thief named their debut album Masterpiece. For a relatively unknown band at the time, that title set a lofty precedent. There was something almost sarcastic about it, as if the folk-rock quartet decided to present this project to the world knowing full well that it might not find big success, but naming it as … More »

Stereogum’s 90 Favorite Songs Of 2018

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Each December, in an effort to celebrate outstanding achievements and commemorate The Year That Was, the pop culture media industrial complex foists lots of lists upon the world. We here at Stereogum are party to that deluge; we shared our collective conclusions about 2018’s best albums a week ago and have been More »

Adrianne Lenker – “symbol” Video

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Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker released a gorgeous new solo album earlier this year called abysskiss. It’s made up of folk songs entirely written on guitar and it has a spare quality that sounds intimate and timeless. Single “symbol” is a total earworm, and today Lenker shared a video for the song. More »

Adrianne Lenker – “From”

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Adrianne LenkerLast week, we sat down with Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker for a mystical, soul-bearing conversation about leaning into the unknown and grasping at intangible feelings and truths on her forthcoming solo album, abysskiss. The album comes out on Friday, and we’ve already heard two striking advance singles, “More »

Adrianne Lenker Leans Into The Abyss

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When Adrianne Lenker attempts to put a feeling into words, she narrows her eyes and moves her hands around like she’s physically trying to grab onto something. Gesticulation is, of course, a thing that a lot of people do, but the way Lenker does it feels intentional. Like she can see that one crazy feeling … More »

Adrianne Lenker – “Symbol”

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Adrianne LenkerCradle,” the lead single from Big Thief leader Adrianne Lenker’s new solo album abysskiss, was a subtle and strikingly gorgeous acoustic ballad. So is “Symbol,” the new track she’s sharing today. More »

Adrianne Lenker – “Cradle”

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Adrianne Lenker - abysskissOver the course of two albums, Big Thief have established themselves as one of the best and most fervently beloved bands in indie rock. It’s not entirely clear what to call the music they make because Adrianne Lenker’s songs can take many shapes, from trembling folk ballads to explosive roots-rock epics. Live lately, they’ve been … More »