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

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totally fucking obsessed with this record

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

“Century” has burrowed into my brain.

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

you have wings of gold
you will never grow old

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

this album is beautiful

Dan S, Friday, 10 May 2019 01:47 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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

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

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 (six 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 (six months ago) link

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

absolutely the guitar on contact makes me think of hejira, the same loose, relaxed atmosphere. i thought exactly the same thing a minute ago.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 10 May 2019 19:20 (six 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, May 10, 2019 9:35 AM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I also wish there were some harder-hitting vocals/songs of the sort the first two albums had. She definitely goes more toward the delicate on this one.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 10 May 2019 19:30 (six months ago) link

how adrienne sounds like a totally different person on ‘betsy’


Yes! It is my favorite! She is somewhere in between a growl and whisper there (“big lights in the city“ moment).

Someone recommended Rozi Plain - I agree. It is different but similar in a way

Greetings - I am a bit new here. I like to read the discussions

computerleg, Friday, 10 May 2019 20:11 (six months ago) link

The wispy vocals help emphasize that weird quality they're riding so well here. It's like they exist in their own hermetically sealed universe. Going back to the older albums, they almost sound too normal to me.

Also, the arrangements are all immaculate. I'm enjoying this a lot.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 11 May 2019 01:11 (six months ago) link

their slow, calm, harmonical music is like a warm blanket i can wrap myself in.

This is a great description of the quality I most prize in any music.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 11 May 2019 01:13 (six months ago) link

xp

I also wish there were some harder-hitting vocals/songs of the sort the first two albums had. She definitely goes more toward the delicate on this one.

― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, May 10, 2019 12:30 PM (five hours ago)

but the atmosphere of it is so amazing, better than anything they have achieved previously

Dan S, Saturday, 11 May 2019 01:17 (six months ago) link

I listened to all 3 albums in a row the other day & I really enjoyed how small and intimate this one sounded. Masterpiece, my first fave, sounds a bit too brash & widescreen when sandwiched between Capacity and UFOF. I’m really digging this one, with particular props to the Paranoid Android guitars on the title track.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 11 May 2019 04:50 (six months ago) link

listened another time w the hejira comparison in mind and it opened up the album enough for me that it's now my fav big thief i think? ums helpfully otm

lowercase (eric), Saturday, 11 May 2019 12:44 (six months ago) link

I'm thinking this along with the new Lambchop will be my two most regulars listens this year. i love it. hoping the new Bill Callahan will be great to join them soon.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:34 (five months ago) link

I love this record. I wish I found the lyrics more rewarding but that's my only criticism really

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 13:50 (five months ago) link

I'm definitely having a harder time accessing them than with the past albums. Really any criticism I have is in the context of this still being almost certainly one of the best records of the year.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 14:16 (five months ago) link

yeah, "not as special as Capacity" is true of 99.9999% of all records.

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 14:17 (five months ago) link

I've been completely obsessed with this record for the last couple of weeks, have now gone back to the previous two and abysskiss, and... wow.

Has anyone seen them live? They're playing in London in a couple of days, and while it's sold out I'm tempted to try to get hold of a ticket.

toby, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 19:35 (five months ago) link

i completely adore the lyrics on this album

ufo, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 22:39 (five months ago) link

really liked em when I saw em

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 01:03 (five months ago) link

saw them circa masterpiece, very good

flopson, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 03:53 (five months ago) link

one ear to the floor
my dog barking loud
couldn't tell for sure
where the screaming sound
was coming from

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 11:45 (five months ago) link

I made the effort to get a ticket and was really glad I did - they were absolutely fantastic..

Also while "Not"wouldn't fit on this record, I hope it's on the next one, I can't get it out of my head.

toby, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:32 (five months ago) link

I haven't seen the band but I saw her solo and it was magical.

They are playing Brooklyn in October -- I hate having to plan these things so far out in advance. It's a fucking weeknight show, how can I decide five months ahead that I'll be up for it?

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 24 May 2019 19:46 (five months ago) link

You buy the tickets safe in the knowledge you can sell them on (for face value) if you don’t feel like it.

fancy the Dirkishness of carrying Doré a round (fionnland), Friday, 24 May 2019 21:14 (five months ago) link

(Or alternatively don't buy them in the knowledge that you can buy them face value if you feel like it (although this is probably slightly more hassle).)

toby, Saturday, 25 May 2019 12:32 (five months ago) link

was really struggling to fall asleep last night and kept putting on this record and nodding off and waking up in different pockets, really ideal even though i'm currently suffering

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 May 2019 14:07 (five months ago) link

I Think this is growing on me slightly. I keep going back to it and little things pop out each time. I like how it doesn't sound anything like Radiohead, but there are small melodic vamps that suggest these guys grew up with Kid A and HTTT.

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:09 (five months ago) link

I really wanted to like this but her voice is the epitome of banal indie.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:15 (five months ago) link

I had a similar feeling when I first heard them - maybe not 'banal' but 'been there, done that'. The stronger/lyrically clearer songs - Paul, Mythological Beauty - were what pulled me in, feel like this one's definitely a harder sell.

The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:52 (five months ago) link

a lot of this actually does feel like a better executed version of what Radiohead were going for on some of A Moon Shaped Pool, it's not that close overall but the songwriting is very Radiohead at times ("From" in particular invokes "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" quite strongly and there's the occasional melodic fragment that feels 'Radiohead' here and there) and all the individual pieces are there for the AMSP vibes (the loose swirling piano in the background of "Cattails", the general sense of ambience, a lot of the lead guitar parts especially on "From" and "Terminal Paradise", the drumming) though they come together in a much better way than on that album

i understand how some can prefer Capacity to this if they were really into the lyrics on that but this one's so much stronger musically, but i do much prefer them going all in on the dreamy folk thing that was only one part of Capacity and still don't really care for the more straightforward indie rock songs like "Shark Smile"

ufo, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 10:17 (five months ago) link

this actually does feel like a better executed version of what Radiohead were going for on some of A Moon Shaped Pool

The similarities are indeed there, but 'better executed'? Pffft.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 10:19 (five months ago) link

I think it's unfair to compare the two too much. Radiohead is large-scale, grandiose, maximalist. Big Thief are still grounded in acoustic folk-rock and country and this album is extremely minimalist. The only similarity is in some of the melodic and guitar elements.

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 10:42 (five months ago) link

tfw singing in a whispery way is the epitome of banal indie

i can see feeling that way but it's a real projection from the listener

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 12:57 (five months ago) link

Nah. I love whispery vocals but hers lack anything resembling a signature. I would really enjoy this album otherwise.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 12:59 (five months ago) link

This is the best album ever made

frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 30 May 2019 22:58 (five months ago) link

let's put it this way, it is quite good. probably in this year's top ten. what i really love about it is that it is an album flowing nicely with lots of excellent songs. something very rare these days.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 31 May 2019 21:57 (five months ago) link

it hasn't got the emotional heft as Capacity.but I am a convert

frame casual (dog latin), Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:28 (five months ago) link

never heard the band before but I put on the new one for review and damn this is impressive

1st three things I thought of, in order, were:

1. Comus "First Utterance" (lol)
2. Led Zep III
3. early Joanna Newsom

pretty special mix of sounds, catchy stuff, I'm legit impressed

Ambient Police (sleeve), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 23:51 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I don't know anything about this band (I kept confusing them with Big Youth ), but I like this album a lot.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 28 June 2019 16:41 (four months ago) link

Check out their new Song Exploder episode. P cool.

tobo73, Friday, 28 June 2019 17:07 (four months 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month ago) link

Hyperbolic day-of-release praise CHECK

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

new thread?

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

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

great performance

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

What a double whammy. This fucking band right now.

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


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