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

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This is the best album ever made

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

Check out their new Song Exploder episode. P cool.

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

three weeks pass...

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, May 10, 2019 9:24 AM (two months ago) bookmarkflaglink

this album is very nice, goddamn. i don't have the intense emotional reaction to it like i do to the best of big thief, but it has a similar sonic palette (especially rozi's "old money" which would've fit right on ufof)

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Monday, 29 July 2019 22:04 (four months ago) link

this is still the best album of the year.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 10:18 (four months ago) link

a mysterious unmarked 7in arrived with big thief b-sides. still no "not"

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 22:37 (four months ago) link

apparently a new new album is coming out later this year

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 12 August 2019 15:23 (four months ago) link

oh wow, i'd heard rumours of an adrianne solo album coming later this year but a new album from them already is even more exciting - hard to think what could be more exciting this year

here's the press release from a retailer that put up a listing early:

“30 miles west of El Paso, surrounded by 3,000 acres of pecan orchards and only a stone’s throw from the Mexican border, the band Big Thief (a.k.a. Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia) set up their instruments as close together as possible to capture their most important collection of songs yet. The band had only just finished work on their 3rd album, U.F.O.F. – “the celestial twin” – days before in a cabin studio in the woods of Washington State. Now it was time to birth U.F.O.F.’s sister album – “the earth twin” – Two Hands.

In sharp contrast to the wet environment of the U.F.O.F. session, the southwestern Sonic Ranch studio was chosen for its vast desert location. The 105-degree weather boiled away any clinging memories of the green trees and wet air of the last session. Two Hands had to be completely different— an album about the Earth and the bones beneath it. The songs were recorded live with almost no overdubs. All but two songs feature entirely live vocal takes, leaving Adrianne’s voice suspended above the mix in dry air, raw and vulnerable as ever. Where U.F.O.F. layered mysterious sounds and effects for levitation, Two Hands grounds itself on dried-out, cracked desert dirt.

With raw power and intimacy, Two Hands folds itself gracefully into Big Thief’s impressive discography. This body of work grows deeper and more inspiring with each new album. While you listen, let your own two hands rest in front of your body with palms facing inward and see what power grows between them.”

ufo, Monday, 12 August 2019 15:26 (four months ago) link

also the tracklist (featuring "not"!):

Rock And Sing
Forgotten Eyes
The Toy
Two Hands
Those Girls
Shoulders
Not
Wolf
Replaced
Cut My Hair

ufo, Monday, 12 August 2019 15:29 (four months ago) link

and release date is 11 october

ufo, Monday, 12 August 2019 15:29 (four months ago) link

you need to adapt your username

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 12 August 2019 15:30 (four months ago) link

I'm excite, hope it's as good as U.F.O.F., which is quickly becoming one of my favorites of the year.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 12 August 2019 18:42 (four months ago) link

ahhhhhh i'm so happy! i love this band

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 12 August 2019 19:55 (four months ago) link

looks like an edit of "not" is the first single and out tomorrow possibly

ufo, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:21 (four months ago) link

https://music.apple.com/au/album/not-edit-single/1473937677

it's on apple music already but nowhere else

ufo, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:22 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIcVwH47uxQ

toby, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 09:24 (four months ago) link

love this, lenker's delivery of 'not the hunger revealing' especially

devvvine, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 09:41 (four months ago) link

wow

ufo, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 10:37 (four months ago) link

Damn I guess I have a new favorite Big Thief song. That's amazing.

woman in the dunes, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 11:31 (four months ago) link

a really nice detail in this is the chime-like sounds (not sure if they're guitar or keys or some percussion) in the right channel for a lot of it

ufo, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 11:39 (four months ago) link

Beautiful.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 11:45 (four months ago) link

wow they really are the best band in the world

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 12:20 (four months ago) link

New one apparently produced by same dude as Capacity (UFOF was a different producer).

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:33 (four months ago) link

UFOF I think was Luke Temple, this one is a guy named Andrew Sarlo

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:33 (four months ago) link

Hmm, er, wait, he is listed on UFOF too so IDK.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:34 (four months ago) link

not sure why I thought it was Luke Temple

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:35 (four months ago) link

I needed this song right now

husserl gang (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 18:54 (four months ago) link

love it so much

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:39 (four months ago) link

If you’re in the UK... They just announced a little gig in London next Monday and will be playing songs off the new album. If you register now you might be able to get tickets when they’re released on Thursday.

tangenttangent, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:09 (four months ago) link

wow this is great

musically it reminds me of Silkworm which is like the last thing I thought I would be typing

definitely a different feel than the last one

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:24 (four months ago) link

goddamn whoever took that solo went IN

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:26 (four months ago) link

what are you all on about? i'd say a frightening consensus is building up there. i only listened to the first three minutes of that song and found them not good enough to continue to listen to the next 3 minutes. repetitive, tuneless, without interesting drumming or beats and her voice is a little annoying anyways. is the 2nd half of the song much different from the first?

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:44 (four months ago) link

lol

never change, alex, your dislike is a reliable indicator that it's gonna be something I love

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:45 (four months ago) link

can you put in words what you like about it?

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:47 (four months ago) link

sorry didn't read your post carefully. so do you like it? and if yes what do you like?

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:51 (four months ago) link

I haven't listened yet, but based on what I've heard from the most recent album they have a superb sense of defined space within their sound, nothing is wasted. And of course they are catchy as hell. I love how so much of their stuff smolders with restraint and only occasionally cuts loose.

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:52 (four months ago) link

xp btw i am not sure if i wrote it before but i always had the impression that our tastes overlap quite a lot, sleeve.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:53 (four months ago) link

they do! that's why I'm fascinated by how much we still disagree on

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:56 (four months ago) link

i discovered them via their last album and really loved the first five or six songs which indeed where catchy and restrained and captivating. they build up an eerie atmosphere, which i love. the second half of the album got a bit boring and was more of the same with less focus. this new song does strictly nothing for me.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:58 (four months ago) link

ha, see I really like the last half of U.F.O.F! especially "Century".

sleeve, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:10 (four months ago) link

is the 2nd half of the song much different from the first?

― je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:44 PM (twenty-six minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

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american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:13 (four months ago) link

reliable indicator your thoughts are worth expressing about a song: you listened to half of it

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:14 (four months ago) link

if u like sick ass guitar shit yeah

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:17 (four months ago) link

if you’re not willing to put the least amount of work in as a listener then i don’t think this band is for you anyway

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:18 (four months ago) link

xp. century is the last excellent song. i could do withour the last four songs. i just realise that the singer's voice reminds me a little of stina nordenstam. which i prefer a lot though.

anyone with any reasons why that last song is supposed to be good?

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:24 (four months ago) link


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