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― american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, October 2, 2019 6:59 AM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

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

― Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, October 2, 2019 7:34 AM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

that's wonderful

― ufo, Wednesday, October 2, 2019 7:16 PM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 3, 2019 2:22 AM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 3, 2019 8:37 AM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

I get the feeling they're just getting warmed up

― frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, October 3, 2019 8:45 AM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 3, 2019 9:09 AM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 9, 2019 2:06 AM (three days ago) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 9, 2019 2:28 AM (three days ago) bookmarkflaglink

y’all made me think it was friday

― american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:52 AM (three days ago) bookmarkflaglink

it's out there if you look for it

― ufo, Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:53 AM (three days ago) bookmarkflaglink

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

― imago, Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:19 AM (three days ago) bookmarkflaglink

another amazing record imo

― american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, October 11, 2019 8:34 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 11, 2019 8:40 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 11, 2019 8:42 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 11, 2019 8:42 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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

― kornrulez6969, Friday, October 11, 2019 9:36 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 11, 2019 1:13 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Does Lenker play lead?

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

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

― na (NA), Friday, October 11, 2019 1:19 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

would you like to walk some posts back

― j., Friday, October 11, 2019 1:21 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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 1:51 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 11, 2019 2:23 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 11, 2019 2:44 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

this album is fantastic.

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

― omar little, Friday, October 11, 2019 2:59 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 11, 2019 3:04 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 11, 2019 3:14 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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, October 11, 2019 4:59 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Hyperbolic day-of-release praise CHECK

― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, October 11, 2019 5:00 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

new thread?

― sleeve, Friday, October 11, 2019 5:05 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

great performance

― ufo, Friday, October 11, 2019 5:59 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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

― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, October 11, 2019 6:42 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

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), Friday, October 11, 2019 8:04 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 13 October 2019 02:45 (one year ago) link

I really like Forgotten Eyes, but I was trying to work out what it reminded me of...

It was Teenage Dirtbag

frame casual (dog latin), Sunday, 13 October 2019 09:52 (one year ago) link

lol i can't unhear that now

ufo, Sunday, 13 October 2019 09:56 (one year ago) link

on the plus side, some really interesting chord sequences on this album.. Love the ambivalent sound of Those Girls and how it the verses resolve in this strange way before starting again, like a spider weaving a delicate web

frame casual (dog latin), Sunday, 13 October 2019 10:07 (one year ago) link

It's funny because I had a similar reaction and the two songs I came up with were Bones by Radiohead and She Don't Use Jelly by Flaming Lips. It def has a bit of a late 90s 120 minutes pastiche thing going in, but not in a bad way.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 13 October 2019 13:23 (one year ago) link

What I love the most about this record (other than just how great Lenker's songwriting always is) is how much it does with just the sound and vibe of the band playing together in a room. The record is probably the most sonically consistent and most reliant on live room sound so far and it does so much with just that. Just the incredible sonic presence of the band itself and the way the instruments meld like different metals into an alloy.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 13 October 2019 13:34 (one year ago) link

I don't think I'll ever accustom myself to her voice, sadly.

pomenitul, Monday, 14 October 2019 08:56 (one year ago) link

It's taken a couple years but I finally did.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 October 2019 10:37 (one year ago) link

I love the way it breaks up at the end of the last verse of Not. Very sincere and exposed.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 October 2019 14:40 (one year ago) link

... idk if i like this better than ufof and i don't know if i'll ever be able to know that, but it is the exact album i've been wanting them to make since masterpiece

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 14 October 2019 15:32 (one year ago) link

It kind of feels like a synthesis of their approaches on Capacity and UFOF

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 October 2019 15:34 (one year ago) link

Part of me kind of wishes the album just ended after Wolf. Cut Your Hair is v good though.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 October 2019 15:35 (one year ago) link

"the toy" is so perfect

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 14 October 2019 15:36 (one year ago) link

*cut my hair

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 October 2019 15:36 (one year ago) link

"replaced" is very red house painters

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 14 October 2019 16:38 (one year ago) link

... idk if i like this better than ufof

― american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, October 14, 2019 8:32 AM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

never mind! this is their best record

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 14 October 2019 16:50 (one year ago) link

I'm willing to concede that "Not" is their best song, possibly the best track of the year from anyone.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 14 October 2019 16:52 (one year ago) link

i'm personally addicted to the extremely organic and fluid way this band plays together

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 14 October 2019 16:55 (one year ago) link

I wanna say it's their Amnesiac to their Kid A maybe..

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 14 October 2019 16:57 (one year ago) link

Really love their bass player

Heez, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:11 (one year ago) link

i'm personally addicted to the extremely organic and fluid way this band plays together

― american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, October 14, 2019 12:55 PM (twenty-one minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

very much so, it's quite intoxicating. refreshingly, they don't really sound exactly like anything else, but there's something in their kind of swirling, mystical alchemy that reminds me of people like Van Morrison and R.E.M.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Monday, 14 October 2019 17:18 (one year ago) link

i still get some Neil Young w/Crazy Horse once in awhile. on the more heavy songs, obv.

i hope they continue to remain vv prolific.

omar little, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:53 (one year ago) link

Teenage Dirtbag, Bones, She Don't Use Jelly... All otm!

Finding it impossible to see 'Two Hands' as anything other than a companion piece to UFOF. The former feels more... major key, a tad more 'optimistic' and relatively care free than UFOF? UFOF is like this warm cocoon to crawl into, in the small hours, feeling very small. A shelter. 'Two Hands' feel more open, taking on the world more in defiance. I will need both records equally along the way, I know that much.

'Not' is, of course, a magnificent piece of art.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 14 October 2019 18:08 (one year ago) link

this album is so good. love 'the toy' and 'replaced'

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 14 October 2019 18:11 (one year ago) link

i'm personally addicted to the extremely organic and fluid way this band plays together

― american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, October 14, 2019 12:55 PM (twenty-one minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Yeah this. Even the way Adrienne and Buck play together -- I suspected the lead on Not was Adrienne, and based on the late show performance it is, but Buck is actually playing a kind of accompanying lead part rather than just chords and they really just blend together -- it reminds me a little of how Ian and Guy from Fugazi play together.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 October 2019 18:18 (one year ago) link

i was intrigued by 'century' and checked out this record.. man the band sounds great and the way the songs move around feels very distinctive but the singer really is a lot. she has a nice voice when she's singing low + controlled; mostly she isn't doing that, and it's awkward. reminds me of coco rosie at their worst in a lot of places. i dunno, maybe will grow on me like they seem to have for a lot of you.

lumen (esby), Monday, 14 October 2019 20:26 (one year ago) link

Really love their bass player

― Heez, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:11 (three hours ago) link

This record also was the first time I noticed just how good their bass player is, but I also think that his ability to not stick out except at just the right moments is part of what makes him good.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 October 2019 20:42 (one year ago) link

Re: that CONTROVERSIAL Big Thief tweet, this is correct. Like 'em well enough but if I've learned anything from the '10s lists and really 20 years of paying attention to this, the tasteful indie-rock faves of the day are never safe from the next wave of critics. pic.twitter.com/fGnhgi824c

— Ian Cohen (@en_cohen) October 15, 2019

yes definite vibe of this off this band and all the critic friends who are swoony over them

j., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:34 (one year ago) link

Backlash cycles grow shorter and shorter

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:40 (one year ago) link

i had to research what the controversial big thief tweet was and i would like those three minutes of my life back thanks

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:40 (one year ago) link

I feel this more about Angel Olsen than Big Thief.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:42 (one year ago) link

not sure i'd blame the collapse of the music media landscape on this phenomena which was observable at least ten years ago, and the fact that a nyt editor is pushing back against the deluge of love for big thief means the space for backlash isn't lost

also imo there is nothing "emperor's new clothes" about this band unless you just hear them as undistinguished folk rock, fleet foxes 2.0. which would be v superficial listening. which critics aren't immune from

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:45 (one year ago) link

I'm not against the argument that something better may be out there, but if so, let's see it.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:47 (one year ago) link

it's a very big leap to go from 'i don't like this hyped artist' to 'everyone who likes this artist is faking it for clout.' it reminds me of a (much less malicious) version of right-wingers calling liberals/leftists 'virtue-signalers'

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:51 (one year ago) link

i don't begrudge the fact that 20,000 people pay to see billy joel at msg every month.

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:52 (one year ago) link

The Neil Young/Crazy Horse vibes are what take them to the next level for me, way above Fleet Foxes et al. I can't bring myself to stomach her voice, though – it's instinctive, and it's a damn shame.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:52 (one year ago) link

agreed that it's a shame

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:53 (one year ago) link

'everyone who likes this artist is faking it for clout' is basically chris ott's classic indie rock conspiracy isn't it lmao

ufo, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:55 (one year ago) link

Might have to do with the voice as presumed seat of subjectivity and how it needs to partially mirror your own sense of self or whatever. Something about Lenker's vocals registers as inauthentic or false to my ears and no amount of discourse or autosuggestion can change that (well, for now). Everything else about them is wonderful.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:57 (one year ago) link

but where is the 'hype' here? they've just grown steadily and got better over a number of years by... making consistent records and being a good live band over 5 years. its not like the attention is sudden or some sort of cooked up PR hype here... the PR isn't making the band - the band being good is what makes the PR job easy?

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:57 (one year ago) link

journos shouting hype almost always translates to them being late to the party, and being convinced that if a band could get attention without them noticing, they must have been bamboozled by nefarious means

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:58 (one year ago) link

i made a thread for masterpiece bc i heard the title track and "real love" and thought they were pretty tight and also at the time they were on saddle creek, who put out hop along's painted shut the year before. both bands felt special in a similar way. i'm def an unwitting victim of the pr machine

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:01 (one year ago) link

I have lectured my charges over the years endlessly about the difference between "not liking something" and "something not being good" and I argue this band is not good. People love what they love. I'm just making a critical statement and a social observation.

— cganz (@mehpatrol) October 15, 2019

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:02 (one year ago) link

I feel this more about Angel Olsen than Big Thief.

Agreed. I only listened to the new album once but it was a slog, particularly towards the end.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:03 (one year ago) link

Reads like trolling tbh.

xp

pomenitul, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:04 (one year ago) link

Agreed. I only listened to the new album once but it was a slog, particularly towards the end.

― kornrulez6969, Tuesday, October 15, 2019 8:03 AM (forty-five seconds ago) bookmarkflaglink

"I only listened to the new album once"

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:04 (one year ago) link

journos shouting hype almost always translates to them being late to the party,

OTM

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:05 (one year ago) link

When I ask if she will actually take a day job sometime soon, she responds instantly: “Yeah, probably. I’m not afraid to slow down.” The only thing that matters to her is longevity, flame-keeping. “I’m not afraid of needing to work at a diner. I know I can be happy doing that. I was just as happy living out of a busted RV, burning CDs and selling them, and playing shows for no one. I was happy doing that; it felt right.”

Yes, this definitely sounds like someone who is thirsting to be the new indie-rock queen. Nobody's saying you HAVE to like this band but the guy who tweeted out the original thing about "emperor's new clothes" just seems really small, not to mention a total jag.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:05 (one year ago) link

pretty sure it's a lady, but otherwise yeah

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:09 (one year ago) link

caryn is a woman yes

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:10 (one year ago) link

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/10/19/adrianne-lenkers-radical-honesty

good profile of adrianne that also mentions big thief were recording recently so i'd very much hope another album is on the way for next year

ufo, Monday, 12 October 2020 14:20 (one month ago) link

A good read, that. Ta.

djh, Monday, 12 October 2020 20:17 (one month ago) link

Sorry to hear about her breakup.

Guitar Dick (morrisp), Monday, 12 October 2020 20:54 (one month ago) link

“Adrianne has that disorienting quality all real-deal types have, where she comes at her songs so sideways that it subverts the form,” Jeff Tweedy, the front man for Wilco, told me. “Sometimes you would swear it’s a mistake or misunderstanding of her own song—‘Why’d she start singing there?’—but it’s not, it’s a precise angle that only she seems to possess.”

Great quote / observation

Guitar Dick (morrisp), Monday, 12 October 2020 20:56 (one month ago) link

By coincidence, playing the KEXP version of "Masterpiece" and enjoying the messiness (and their obvious joy in that).

djh, Monday, 12 October 2020 21:15 (one month ago) link

I see this thread and I think it's about Big Chief and I get excited for a second.

I'll show myself out now.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 12 October 2020 22:26 (one month ago) link

“Adrianne has that disorienting quality all real-deal types have, where she comes at her songs so sideways that it subverts the form,” Jeff Tweedy, the front man for Wilco, told me. “Sometimes you would swear it’s a mistake or misunderstanding of her own song—‘Why’d she start singing there?’—but it’s not, it’s a precise angle that only she seems to possess.”

Great quote / observation

― Guitar Dick (morrisp), Monday, October 12, 2020 3:56 PM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

more evidence for my chief keef parallel lol

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 12 October 2020 23:24 (one month ago) link

big chief keef

ufo, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 00:54 (one month ago) link

https://open.spotify.com/album/25llO5FF2feSQx4Fxyd20O

instrumentals is out now

ufo, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:47 (one month ago) link

Coming up as a placeholder for me

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:56 (one month ago) link

yeah I can't get it yet -- US vs other countries thing?

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:57 (one month ago) link

liked but did not love the two recent songs

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:57 (one month ago) link

i'm in australia so maybe it'll be available at midnight for you? it's a day early here

ufo, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:58 (one month ago) link

"music for indigo" is basically exactly what i'd expected in that it's some very pretty noodling around. also has some nice ambience from a storm in the background

ufo, Thursday, 22 October 2020 01:16 (one month ago) link

songs has some of the prettiest acoustic guitar sounds i've ever heard. the songs themselves are wonderful too of course

ufo, Friday, 23 October 2020 01:24 (one month ago) link

"music for indigo" is basically exactly what i'd expected in that it's some very pretty noodling around. also has some nice ambience from a storm in the background

― ufo, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:16 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

It's extremely stoned

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 23 October 2020 02:23 (one month ago) link

As far as Adrianne's solo albums go, "songs" is grabbing me more than her past albums.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 23 October 2020 21:32 (one month ago) link

looking forward to giving songs a full concentrated listen. So far I CANNOT get through instrumentals. Maybe on a long solo drive at night or something.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 23 October 2020 21:35 (one month ago) link

Yeah, "Instrumentals" was less engaging than I expected it to be (on one background listen). The "Songs" sounded great, though....

New Adventures in WiFi (morrisp), Friday, 23 October 2020 22:11 (one month ago) link

"Songs" is good, I dig it. The degree to which it does not sound like a Big Thief album is also an affirmation of how much of band they are.

Haven't listened to Songs and I'm not a big Thief fan, but Instrumentals has been great as ambient music. I really like the first long piece.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 24 October 2020 18:45 (one month ago) link

Instrumentals is very Windham Hill/ECM and for me that's a very good thing. late night with rain on the roof candle music.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Sunday, 25 October 2020 14:56 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I've just gotten around to Instrumentals and it's very nice.

Songs is nice, but hasn't really grabbed me yet. I'm sure it'll grow. It sounds busier than I was expecting - double tracked vocals and maracas etc.

Duke, Monday, 26 October 2020 21:03 (one month ago) link

Maybe not maracas. Some sort of shaker.

Duke, Monday, 26 October 2020 21:04 (one month ago) link

FYI - "the only instruments used were the acoustic guitar, a paint brush, the needles of a white pine tree, and my voice."

New Adventures in WiFi (morrisp), Monday, 26 October 2020 21:11 (one month ago) link

Ha! Must be the paint brush. It's used for percussion on the first few songs.

Duke, Monday, 26 October 2020 22:00 (one month ago) link

Zombie Girl shares a 5-7 note sequence with Mr Tambourine Man, which catches me each time.

Duke, Monday, 26 October 2020 22:03 (one month ago) link

Yes! I noticed that too.

I've had Songs on repeat for days, it's really nice. And Instrumentals is indeed great background music for writing/working.

xp yes, noticed that. beautiful record.

Indexed, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 17:38 (one month ago) link

i'm not really into stripped-bare acoustic songs which is why I've not really checked out much of Lenker's solo stuff. Should I?

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 17:52 (one month ago) link

Hours Were the Birds is fantastic.

New Adventures in WiFi (morrisp), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 17:56 (one month ago) link

I'm pretty much in the same boat as dog latin, but all the positive reviews have me curious, even though I'm still afraid a stripped-back Lenker solo album removes exactly the things I've loved the most about the two most recent Big Thief records.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 18:08 (one month ago) link

I don't think the sound/feel of Songs is drastically different from U.F.O.F. (it's closer than Abysskiss was, even though that record had a few songs that actually appeared on U.F.O.F.).

New Adventures in WiFi (morrisp), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 18:18 (one month ago) link

It doesn't feel totally stripped bare.

Duke, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 17:01 (one month ago) link

I don’t think I’m as into her solo stuff as I am big thief. Not sure why it shifted off of my personal Pinterest board here, it’s not like it’s bad, but I’m not as much into the cult of lenker for whatever reason

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 18:21 (one month ago) link

I had trouble staying with Songs first listen as well, it's just a little too precious and meek for me, whereas I guess the full band balances that out somewhat and brings out her more aggressive side. I loved her live solo but I haven't heard recordings that quite capture the magic it had. The early solo stuff is cool and I like some of the songs on Abysskiss.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 19:56 (one month ago) link

Not sure those links posted, but Indiana, Kerina, and Jonathan

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 20:01 (one month ago) link

precious and meek

I think this was the original name of Adrianne & Buck's performing duo ;)

Video Drama (morrisp), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 20:30 (one month ago) link

haw

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 20:32 (one month ago) link

fwiw - I don't think there's anything particularly unusual or mysterious to be into a band but not so into the lead singer/songwriter's solo stuff (especially if it's acoustic). I love Hours Were the Birds, but it's very much a solo folkie thing - it doesn't sound at all like Big Thief (which didn't exist yet). The sound/vibe of Abysskiss is a little static and difficult for me to engage with, for whatever reason. The new one does kind of tap into the BT vibe for me (as I said above), but yeah, it's still not the full band.

Video Drama (morrisp), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 20:35 (one month ago) link

(it may be an interesting thread idea - "Love the band, indifferent to the solo artist")

Video Drama (morrisp), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 20:43 (one month ago) link

fwiw - I don't think there's anything particularly unusual or mysterious to be into a band but not so into the lead singer/songwriter's solo stuff (especially if it's acoustic). ... The new one does kind of tap into the BT vibe for me (as I said above), but yeah, it's still not the full band.

― Video Drama (morrisp), Wednesday, October 28, 2020 bookmarkflaglink

Funny, I was having a similar thought about the Jeff Tweedy album that just came out (on the same day as the Lenker stuff, I think). I like Wilco but I've never been super enthusiastic about his solo material, even though it's perfectly fine and not even that far off from the full band stuff!

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 29 October 2020 00:22 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

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

a great performance, i'm fascinated by her using a brush to strum on "dragon eyes"

ufo, Thursday, 19 November 2020 01:20 (one week ago) link

yeah! really great performance. she is very straightforward. i love that.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 November 2020 01:55 (one week ago) link

Just noticed Adrianne did an AMA on r/indieheads yesterday

nate woolls, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 06:05 (four days ago) link

Been coming back to this one a lot recently. In terms of composition I think it's my favourite. There are things they're doing with the music that completely confounds me, like I can't understand what it is or how they conceived it

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Thursday, 26 November 2020 15:17 (three days ago) link

Or at least, at this stage, UFOF, Two Hands and Capacity hold level as my favourites. But these days it's the Two Hands material I find myself craving most

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Thursday, 26 November 2020 15:20 (three days ago) link

two hands has such great, dry 70s drums

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 26 November 2020 15:28 (three days ago) link


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