Big Thief - U.F.O.F. (May 3, 2019)

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Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

― System, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:01 PM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

― System, Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:01 PM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

new album, u.f.o.f., in may

― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:17 AM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Nice! I loved that song live solo, and it sounds great in that arrangement too

― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:35 AM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

01) Contact
02) UFOF
03) Cattails
04) From
05) Open Desert
06) Orange
07) Centruy
08) Strange
09) Betsy
10) Terminal Paradise
11) Jenni
12) Magic Dealer

― diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, February 26, 2019 1:45 PM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

im gonna be really sad if "not" isn't on this album with a different name

― diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, February 26, 2019 1:45 PM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

So they're doing band version of a couple of the songs from abysskiss. Can't say I mind that.

― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, February 26, 2019 2:20 PM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Oh my god, UFOF

― Mule, Friday, March 8, 2019 6:38 AM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

can't stop listening to the new song

― hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:33 PM (three weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It’s a beautiful song. I have to admit I’m not loving this meek/wispy approach to her vocals lately, which seems to be half performance and half production. Still psyched about the record.

― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:53 PM (three weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It befits the spirit-like feel of the song, imo, like a ghost in static. But yeah, hope she’ll mix it up on the record.

― Mule, Monday, March 18, 2019 7:43 AM (three weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I've become obsessed with this band & this record just in the past month as a result of this thread, and I'm miffed that "Objects" didn't get even a single vote. Lyrics to that one are kind of whatever, I'll grant; but musically, it reminds me a lot of Pinback, one of my favorite bands ever to do the indie rock thing

― The depressed somebody from the popular David Bowie song, (bernard snowy), Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:28 AM (three weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 14:55 (six months ago) link

Figured it was time for a new thread. Two songs out. I like Cattails and love U.F.O.F. -- one of those songs you just play on repeat all morning and then it's in your head all day.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 14:56 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1CvjxgWgTU

this album is gonna be good as fuck

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 15:42 (five months ago) link

The singles released so far aren't that exciting imo

nostormo, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 16:41 (five months ago) link

first track of this is astonishing

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 3 May 2019 14:40 (five months ago) link

Hopefully Spotify is unfucked by the time I leave work, or maybe I'll just (gasp) buy it.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 3 May 2019 14:48 (five months ago) link

try reinstalling it? it’s what worked for me

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 3 May 2019 14:55 (five months ago) link

reinstalled, restarted my iphone, etc.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 3 May 2019 15:07 (five months ago) link

lol what a day

anyway: this record!!! “betsy” is blowing my mind. i love that their songs are never in a hurry to get anywhere and yet they go everywhere

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 3 May 2019 15:09 (five months ago) link

I ordered from Norman Records so my copy might not some til monday

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 3 May 2019 15:41 (five months ago) link

bit underwhelmed so far tbh. it's super stark and if there are hooks, they're yet to pop through

frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 3 May 2019 20:00 (five months ago) link

the cover is giving me very much 2005 freakfolk vibes

frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 3 May 2019 20:00 (five months ago) link

not isn't on this

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Friday, 3 May 2019 20:02 (five months ago) link

I love this record. The only real dud for me is the baffling rework of From. And I think Cattails doesn’t totally fit and could maybe have been a single instead.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 4 May 2019 01:32 (five months ago) link

no the “from” arrangement is AMAZING

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 May 2019 01:43 (five months ago) link

I also could do without their weird penchant for lo budget sound fx. There’s one that sounds like someone drinking the very end of a slurped.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 4 May 2019 02:09 (five months ago) link

*slurpee

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 4 May 2019 02:09 (five months ago) link

oh man "Strange"

ufo, Saturday, 4 May 2019 06:31 (five months ago) link

Posted to wrong thread: Wow, the new album is extremely wonderful. But also quite difficult to listen to without crying.

'From' is incredible and her vocal performance on it is so bizarre. And is that a fire crackling in the background?

alrakis morissette (tangenttangent), Saturday, 4 May 2019 13:24 (five months ago) link

First impression: melodied are weaker: too basic and repetitive within the song. Not my cup of tea. Loved Capacity though.

nostormo, Saturday, 4 May 2019 14:53 (five months ago) link

capacity did nothing for me but this was really immediate for me and i love it. i'm completely enamoured by that part in "strange" with the sustained "ahh" and the ascending bass line.

weirdly "from" really reminds me of late-period radiohead?

ufo, Sunday, 5 May 2019 13:25 (five months ago) link

also really love the way "jenni" is so immense after most of the album is so quiet

ufo, Sunday, 5 May 2019 13:31 (five months ago) link

also occurred to me re new from, quite in rainbows-y

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 5 May 2019 13:48 (five months ago) link

I think it's a less immediate, less song and voice-driven record than the first two were, and part of me wishes that weren't the case, but at the same time, it's a very beautiful record with a wonderful sound.

I guess when I saw her live the new material did have that immediacy, and I feel like somehow that got a bit lost in the production of both this and the solo record. The moment I think it gets closest to that prior immediacy is on Orange.

I mean the way she does From here, for example, just connects with me much more than either recorded version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QckxTQQ9XBo&t=364s . Somehow Luke Temple's production makes her voice sound too small and cute, although I do like the abysskiss version a good deal.

The song that connects with me most directly is Terminal Paradise, which I think benefits a lot from the full band arrangement. Others, like UFOF and Strange are a bit more obscured, though really good.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 6 May 2019 02:35 (five months ago) link

And anyway, at the other end of the spectrum, songs like Paul and Real Love sometimes felt a bit too heavy handed to me, so overall I like the direction she's going in.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 6 May 2019 02:36 (five months ago) link

i've liked big thief and am excited to check this out but o_O this new pitchfork review has some lines

"Adrianne Lenker, the singer and oxygen of the Brooklyn quartet, whose lyrics can, among other things, bind all that is living and has ever lived together at the cellular level. "

Ha! I read it too. It's goofy to put it mildly.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 6 May 2019 14:30 (five months ago) link

Being able to bind all that is living and has ever lived together at the cellular level is what it takes to get a 9+ BNM score on Pitchfork in 2019. The only people meet that criteria this year are them and Beyonce.

MarkoP, Monday, 6 May 2019 14:35 (five months ago) link

yeesh, I love her too but

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 6 May 2019 15:23 (five months ago) link

If you listen to the album and then read the review, it all kinda makes sense if a bit overblown. I do think the strength of Big Thief is that they seem plain and familiar on first blush but somehow pull you into a deep and strange world where the songs they created are the only things that exists.

But if I’d read that review prior to hearing a note of Big Thief, I’d be expecting something different—like, Charalambides or something.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 6 May 2019 15:47 (five months ago) link

that reads like the writer mixed up their Big Thief review with their "reconsidering midichlorians" piece on a Star Wars site.

omar little, Monday, 6 May 2019 16:13 (five months ago) link

I'm interested in the among other things, like can I bring my plants back to life with her lyrics? jk I love this record and I like this review too

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 6 May 2019 16:32 (five months ago) link

I like parts of the review by but it's got a little too much dip on the proverbial chip

I've listened to this album twice and so far it seems a bit weightless and slight. The great thing about Capacity was its contrast of delicacy with hugely muscular moments. Each song had a very memorable 'bit' in it that was delivered with surprising immediacy whereas on this album it feels like they're tiptoeing around, trying hard not to be blunt.

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 15:24 (five months ago) link

This is resonating more for me than Capacity, though it is a very insular record.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:17 (five months ago) link

I'm listening now - this is sounding fabulous. Opening two tracks especially

imago, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:41 (five months ago) link

totally fucking obsessed with this record

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 01:04 (five months ago) link

i could go on and on about any song but "strange" has that gorgeous sunlit coda and "jenni" is this huge swallowing mouth of doom

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 01:43 (five months ago) link

“Century” has burrowed into my brain.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 02:05 (five months ago) link

you have wings of gold
you will never grow old

ufo, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 02:31 (five months ago) link

Entrancing album. It takes me places that feel eerily familiar but I can't quite put my finger on it, like a déjà-vu. It's tender like an embrace.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 09:52 (five months ago) link

i have never heard of this band before. their slow, calm, harmonical music is like a warm blanket i can wrap myself in. which works quite well right now as the temperatures outside in berlin are still quite low. the singer's voice who occasionally is quite mickey mousey (joanna newsom anyone?) bothers me sometimes but i kind of have gotten over to it. somehow their music to me sounds like coming straight from a huge dark forest full of elves and dwarfs. my fave is the first song "contact". i found it a bit hard to listen to the whole album in one go. maybe they should have gotten rid of a couple of songs in the second half. my attention span these days is not what it used to be. it must be due to the reign of the smartphone and stuff. concentration and patience have become a real challenge!

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 19:41 (five months ago) link

you should listen to their last album, too!! its also a blanket.

be the 2 chainz you want 2 see in the world (m bison), Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:42 (five months ago) link

this album is beautiful

Dan S, Friday, 10 May 2019 01:47 (five months ago) link

thinking there isn't anything I will love more than this for a while at least

Dan S, Friday, 10 May 2019 01:57 (five months ago) link

another beautiful album by this band, but it isn't hitting me as hard as Capacity yet. prob just need to let it sink in a bit more. love the production though, particularly the way the drums sound on songs like the title track.

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Friday, 10 May 2019 14:16 (five months ago) link

This is really amazing

Evokes a sort of jazzy, gauzy quality that I love about Hejira by Joni without really sounding derivative of that at all

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 10 May 2019 14:22 (five months ago) link

Also would recommend if people haven't heard it - Rozi Plain - What a Boost

again not identical or anything but a very great and evocative album that has a somewhat similar feel and mix of folk/indie/jazz, def comes from a different place musically but if you like this you might like that

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 10 May 2019 14:24 (five months ago) link

listening again and i think the second half is what makes it special. love how 'strange' uses a blues shuffle beat and still manages to remain so delicate, and how adrienne sounds like a totally different person on 'betsy.' and 'terminal paradise' and 'jenni' are just devastating.

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Friday, 10 May 2019 14:34 (five months ago) link

The great thing about Capacity was its contrast of delicacy with hugely muscular moments.

i mean, there's that big moment near the end of 'contact,' but yeah, maybe that's one thing i miss on this record.

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Friday, 10 May 2019 14:35 (five months ago) link

The way Linker sort of retreats into herself, right in front of everyone, is the best thing about this band when they're great, and the worst thing about this band when the songs are less distinctive.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:01 (one month ago) link

It's Lenker, isn't it? Also, are we in the army or something? Why are we calling people by their last names?

del griffith, Friday, 23 August 2019 20:09 (one month ago) link

why do we call people by first names?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:12 (one month ago) link

She's not my friend.

My phone auto corrected her last name.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:12 (one month ago) link

My deepest apologies.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:16 (one month ago) link

*bows*

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:18 (one month ago) link

your phone is pretty narrow-minded.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:20 (one month ago) link

I often bitch to it about its restaurant preferences

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:24 (one month ago) link

it's just getting back at you

husserl gang (rip van wanko), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:43 (one month ago) link

They're a curious band to watch (based largely on their NPR Tiny Desk concert). The drummer/bassist look like they're mates letting the other two get on with it. I've never noticed any communication between AL and the guitarist. I've been trying to decide if there is any explanation for the guitarist.

djh, Sunday, 1 September 2019 16:27 (one month ago) link

I've never noticed any communication between AL and the guitarist.

i've been dying for pitchfork to release their footage of 'not' from pitchfork last year-- lenker and meek were basically singing it to each other and it was incredible

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Sunday, 1 September 2019 18:24 (one month ago) link

Ah, will look out for that. I don't know them well.

djh, Sunday, 1 September 2019 19:05 (one month ago) link

This one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YhTyNnr42A

djh, Sunday, 1 September 2019 19:12 (one month ago) link

yeah, that's the performance. the pitchfork stream had multi cameras so you could see the interaction between the two

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Sunday, 1 September 2019 19:53 (one month ago) link

Oh, that sounds cool.

djh, Monday, 2 September 2019 18:39 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGD-8f8Wn5M

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 11:59 (two weeks ago) link

I like that! Stoked for the new album, they're really treating us this year.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 12:34 (two weeks ago) link

that's wonderful

ufo, Thursday, 3 October 2019 00:16 (two weeks ago) link

Sounds like the new one will be a lot closer to the sound of Masterpiece, which I’m happy about. Glad they aren’t leaving the rock sound behind.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 3 October 2019 07:22 (two weeks ago) link

Revisiting Masterpiece and Capacity, which didn't really grab me the first time. Enjoying them better this time. Maybe the 2 new tracks have helped me appreciate their rock tunes more. Still, I prefer the pure weird folk of U.F.O.F., and hope that direction isn't just a one-off.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:37 (two weeks ago) link

I get the feeling they're just getting warmed up

frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:45 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, I'm glad this new song is more single-y sounding. I hope they keep doing both the poppier stuff and the more abstract stuff.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 3 October 2019 14:09 (two weeks ago) link

Sadly, the singles (and Shoulders) are the best songs on this album. The rest are just ok i guess. Nothing special, much less rock-y as anticipated by many including myself.

nostormo, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 07:06 (one week ago) link

i'm not sure it's quite as special as UFOF and "Not" is the clear standout but i'm still enjoying it a fair bit

ufo, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 07:28 (one week ago) link

y’all made me think it was friday

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 10:52 (one week ago) link

it's out there if you look for it

ufo, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 10:53 (one week ago) link

just heard Not, much prefer the first half to the wig-out (surprisingly?)

imago, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 11:19 (one week ago) link

another amazing record imo

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 11 October 2019 13:34 (one week ago) link

It's possible it took the last two albums to prepare me for this one, but this is their masterpiece.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 October 2019 13:40 (one week ago) link

I get the feeling they're just getting warmed up

― frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:45 (one week ago) link

Lenker is only like 28 years old -- I feel like her best could very much still be yet to come.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 11 October 2019 13:42 (one week ago) link

that said I just xp'd alfred and haven't listened to the one that dropped yet

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 11 October 2019 13:42 (one week ago) link

Just bought the new one and am on the last song. It's great. Not is their best song.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 11 October 2019 14:36 (one week ago) link

Just bought it too, along with Richard Dawson (it's a good day for folk-rock!). Anyway, it's jaw dropping so far

frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 11 October 2019 18:13 (one week ago) link

Does Lenker play lead?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 October 2019 18:14 (one week ago) link

no one told me there's a white guy with cornrows in this band

na (NA), Friday, 11 October 2019 18:19 (one week ago) link

would you like to walk some posts back

j., Friday, 11 October 2019 18:21 (one week ago) link

Heard “Not” when they released it last month and liked it a lot then, but it is on fire in the context of the record.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 11 October 2019 18:51 (one week ago) link

Does Lenker play lead?

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, October 11, 2019 1:14 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

I feel like I have seen videos where she does leads -- I think the really noisy/out ones are hers, not sure about others.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 11 October 2019 19:23 (one week ago) link

I just figured something out that was bugging me... so obv very different bands, but the repetitive drum beat/bass cadence of "Not" is TOTALLY Lungfish

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 11 October 2019 19:44 (one week ago) link

this album is fantastic.

picked up the "desert peach" colored vinyl and it sounds great.

omar little, Friday, 11 October 2019 19:59 (one week ago) link

Heard “Not” when they released it last month and liked it a lot then, but it is on fire in the context of the record.

― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, October 11, 2019

otm, a stunner now

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 11 October 2019 20:04 (one week ago) link

picked up the "desert peach" colored vinyl and it sounds great.

― omar little, Friday, 11 October 2019 20:59 (fourteen minutes ago)

Me too from Norman Records

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 11 October 2019 20:14 (one week ago) link

Ugh I’ve listened to this album three times today. The only disappointing thing is that now UFOF isn’t my favorite album of the year.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 11 October 2019 21:59 (one week ago) link

Hyperbolic day-of-release praise CHECK

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 11 October 2019 22:00 (one week ago) link

new thread?

sleeve, Friday, 11 October 2019 22:05 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWW-eKX8uSo

great performance

ufo, Friday, 11 October 2019 22:59 (one week ago) link

I still prefer U.F.O.F., but this new one is great

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 11 October 2019 23:42 (one week ago) link

I listened to this once through on the way home. It’s incredibly rich and dense and almost overwhelming at first but I immediately wanted to listen to it again and will tonight. The real jaw dropping moment for me was the end of Not follows by Wolf. I actually cried a bit.

I love the sound of the record. It’s very in the room with the band, but with a touch of hyper realty. I almost felt like they were right in front of me, which is an odd sensation while driving a car.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 12 October 2019 01:04 (one week ago) link

What a double whammy. This fucking band right now.

Mule, Sunday, 13 October 2019 08:59 (one week ago) link

The chord progression on "Strange" is wild. Very rare to hear these kinds of twists and turns in indie music.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 14:59 (five days ago) link


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