BIG THIEF – ” Breathe in My Lungs “

Posted: June 10, 2017 in MUSIC
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The trails that Brooklyn’s Big ThiefAdrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums) — take us down on “Capacity”, the band’s highly anticipated second record out on Saddle Creek Records, are overgrown with the wilderness of pumping souls.

After last year’s stunning Masterpiece, Capacity was recorded in a snowy winter nest in upstate New York at Outlier Studio with producer Andrew Sarlo. The album jumps right into lives marked up and nipped in surprisingly swift fashion. They are peopled and unpeopled, spooked and soothed, regenerating back into a state where they can once again be vulnerable. Lenker’s songs introduce us to a gallery of multi-facted women and deal with the complicated matters of identity — at once dangerous and curious, though never unbelievable. Lenker shows us the gentle side of being ripped open. Tricked into love, done in and then witnessing the second act of pulling oneself back together to prepare for it to all happen again, but this time to a sturdier soul, one who is going to take the punches better than ever before and deal some jabs and roundhouses of their own.

The album is thick with raw, un-doctored beauty: most of the songs on Capacity were played for the first time in the studio and were recorded the same day. “There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” Lenker explains. “The songs search for a deeper level of self-acceptance, to embrace the world within and without. I think Masterpiece began that process, as a reaction from inside the pain, whereas I feel Capacity examines the pain from the outside.”

The b-side to Big Thief’s  7-inch, “Mythological Beauty,” “Breathe In My Lungs” is a sparse one-off that slowly but surely expands from a fireside strum to a lush almost-anthem.

“Big Thief’s quiet power propels songs of the flesh and soul. These are timeless songs, memorable and momentous.” – NPR Music’s Bob Boilen

Big Thief’s sophomore album beautifully excavates family history and trauma into a delicate, intricately built folk rock record, showcasing the gorgeous style of singer Adrianne Lenker. – Pitchfork

“their new album is a huge leap forward in just about every possible way, a record made with enormous confidence and intuition and empathy.” – Stereogum

Big Thief – Breathe In My Lungs
From the Mythological Beauty 7″ – Out Now!

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