BIG THIEF – ” Forgotten Eyes “

Posted: October 11, 2019 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Big Thief are releasing the band’s second album of the year “Two Hands” following May’s U.F.O.F. They’ve only shared one single from it so far, “Not,” and today the band is back with another track, “Forgotten Eyes.”  Two Hands is more the micro, zooming into the blood and tissue and guts of being a human, the raw, bare, naked bones, not much layering, capturing just our performances in the room, just very dry, no reverbs, just skin and flesh and human, finite, physical. But I think each of them contains parts of the others.

The second single from the project, a charming piece called “Forgotten Eyes” with a wistful energy perfectly suited to welcoming the changing of seasons into autumn.

Big Thief’s fourth studio album is also the band’s second LP of 2019, Described as the “earth twin” to that record’s “celestial twin,” Two Hands was recorded by Andrew Sarlo at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, in stark contrast to the barn in the woods outside Seattle where they recorded their third LP. In a statement paired with the album’s announcement, the band’s Adrianne Lenker said, “Two Hands has the songs that I’m the most proud of; I can imagine myself singing them when I’m old.”

While “Not,” the lead single of Two Hands, reached back to an aggressive, younger Big Thief sound accented by Adrienne Lenker’s abrasive vocals and an extended guitar solo, “Forgotten Eyes” is more relaxed. The song shows Big Thief at their most contemplative, Lenker meditating on the importance of “forgotten” objects that nonetheless guide us. Plants that once existed, she remarks, are “no less the dirt / of the common soil keeping us dry and warm.” It’s an affectionate reminder to take time to be aware of the often-unnoticed people and objects that have silent influence in our lives.

It exhibits the more viscerally textural side that they’re displaying on this album, a rootsy and strained song that addresses homelessness and those that slip into the margins: “The wound has no direction/ Everybody needs a home and deserves protection,” Adrienne Lenker sings on it.

29th Feb Nottingham, UK @ Rock City

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