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"anything" is really pretty

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:33 (six months ago) link

Some more context on the new albums from Adrianne here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CEowCPND49R/?igshid=cudu4affgpgx

“Pizza House!” (morrisp), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:00 (six months ago) link

(sorry I failed to trim out the tracking ID)

“Pizza House!” (morrisp), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:00 (six months ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUqxxN7EbeQ

another new adrianne song "dragon eyes"

the guitars on it are so shimmering and pretty

ufo, Thursday, 1 October 2020 09:02 (five months ago) link

The band has a track (a Two Hands outtake called “Jane”) on this benefit album: https://keeledscales.bandcamp.com/album/to-the-people-of-the-land-carrizo-comecrudo-solidarity-compilation

I Hate the Aedes (morrisp), Thursday, 1 October 2020 13:48 (five months 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 (four months ago) link

A good read, that. Ta.

djh, Monday, 12 October 2020 20:17 (four months ago) link

Sorry to hear about her breakup.

Guitar Dick (morrisp), Monday, 12 October 2020 20:54 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

big chief keef

ufo, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 00:54 (four months ago) link

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

instrumentals is out now

ufo, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:47 (four months ago) link

Coming up as a placeholder for me

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

liked but did not love the two recent songs

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:57 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 24 October 2020 17:37 (four months ago) link

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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

Maybe not maracas. Some sort of shaker.

Duke, Monday, 26 October 2020 21:04 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

Hours Were the Birds is fantastic.

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

It doesn't feel totally stripped bare.

Duke, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 17:01 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

haw

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 20:32 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (three months ago) link


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