12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Real love makes your arms black,” Adrianne Lenker sings on “Real Love”. “Real love is a heart attack.” A raft of feedback overpowers the song and distills Big Thief’s knack for setting brutal intimacy on a nakedly epic scale. Masterpiece is full of heavy-hearted guitar jams that specialise in grief (“Masterpiece”), shame (“Paul”) and regret (“Vegas”), made ever more brutal by Lenker’s voice, which billows like a flag in a storm, tattered and proud.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Real love makes your arms black,” Adrianne Lenker sings on “Real Love”. “Real love is a heart attack.” A raft of feedback overpowers the song and distills Big Thief’s knack for setting brutal intimacy on a nakedly epic scale. Masterpiece is full of heavy-hearted guitar jams that specialise in grief (“Masterpiece”), shame (“Paul”) and regret (“Vegas”), made ever more brutal by Lenker’s voice, which billows like a flag in a storm, tattered and proud.

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About Big Thief

Brooklyn's Big Thief fashion vulnerable, folk-tinged indie rock around the songwriting of singer/guitarist Adrianne Lenker. The Minneapolis native began releasing solo material as a teen in 2006. Eventually, she met a musical kindred spirit in Buck Meek and made two EPs with the guitarist in 2014 (A-Sides and B-Sides) before the duo formed Big Thief with bass player Max Oleartchik and drummer James Krivchenia.

The quartet's debut album, Masterpiece, was released by the Saddle Creek label in May 2016. The year also saw them make appearances at the South by Southwest Festival and in support slots on tours with Eleanor Friedberger, Yuck, Frankie Cosmos, and M. Ward. They made their national TV debut with a performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers in the spring of 2017. Big Thief's second album, Capacity, arrived that June. It was accompanied by several tour dates with Conor Oberst and a more extensive headlining tour. ~ Marcy Donelson

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