Big Thief - Two Hands

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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.

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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

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

Karl Malone, Thursday, 19 November 2020 01:55 (three months ago) link

Just noticed Adrianne did an AMA on r/indieheads yesterday

nate woolls, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 06:05 (three months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago) link

one month passes...

The new Buck Meek album is really nice... kind of like a poppier Will Oldham, or mellow, mid-70s Dead. Upbeat tunes, pedal steel, warbly singing, etc.

one of the only artist who is genuine (morrisp), Friday, 15 January 2021 23:52 (one month ago) link

Wow, am only three songs in (Track 3 must've been the advance single, since I remember hearing that one months ago) but am already taken with the production on Two Saviors--finding it a flattering mix of polished but scrappy so far.

Co-pay Segundo (Craig D.), Saturday, 16 January 2021 00:15 (one month ago) link

a really good friend of mine, who has an excellent ear for production, also said he loved the sound of it

i have permanent "played drums in a concrete echo chamber" ears, so i have no fucking clue

Karl Malone, Saturday, 16 January 2021 00:18 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Nothing against the Lenker album from last year, which I did like, but I can see myself coming back to the new Meek far more often. The Lenker one is so wispy that I need to be in a certain mood for it, the Meek one feels more comfortable.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 17:09 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CLcLUyYnmwt/

performance of a new song "simulation swarm"

ufo, Friday, 19 February 2021 01:30 (one week ago) link

mesmerizing...

you can tell the difference btw a song she's writing for the band, and the "adrianne lenker" songs

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Friday, 19 February 2021 06:36 (one week ago) link

i don't really hear much of a difference, except in how the final arrangement ends up of course, as demonstrated by the abysskiss tracks that also were reworked for ufof

ufo, Friday, 19 February 2021 06:50 (one week ago) link

I was thinking more of this one in comparison with the tracks on songs (her most recent release) - this feels more intense - though admittedly I've only spun songs a few times.

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Friday, 19 February 2021 07:04 (one week ago) link

I c-a-n-n-o-t w-a-i-t to hear the studio version of that jaw-dropping live song that was posted above (from a few different shows) some months back.

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Friday, 19 February 2021 07:07 (one week ago) link

Love that new one she just posted. Man I need to see Big Thief live one of these days.

I wish I had enjoyed their show better than I did. They blew up so quickly and I don't think they quite figured out how to project to a large sized venue.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Friday, 19 February 2021 18:46 (one week ago) link


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