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 (two 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 (two months ago) link

“Century” has burrowed into my brain.

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

you have wings of gold
you will never grow old

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

this album is beautiful

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

i completely adore the lyrics on this album

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

really liked em when I saw em

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

saw them circa masterpiece, very good

flopson, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 03:53 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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

pomenitul, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:15 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

This is the best album ever made

frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 30 May 2019 22:58 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (three weeks ago) link

Check out their new Song Exploder episode. P cool.

tobo73, Friday, 28 June 2019 17:07 (three weeks ago) link

Still the best I've heard all year (in the genre). Hits so very hard without trying to do so. Effortless brilliance, straight to the gut. Goddamn.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 4 July 2019 23:06 (two weeks ago) link

Coming back to this again after a break, I'm finding I especially like the second half, i.e. from Century onward.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 7 July 2019 03:59 (two weeks ago) link


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