ADRIANNE LENKER – ” Songs and Instrumentals “

Posted: October 22, 2020 in MUSIC
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Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker releases “songs and instrumentals” on 4AD records . Songs and Instrumentals are two distinct collections, both written and recorded in April after Big Thief’s March tour was abruptly cut short due to coronavirus. After returning to the states from Europe, Lenker decamped to a one room cabin in the mountains of western Massachusetts. This recording is 100% analog-analog-analogue (AAA). No digital process was used in the production of this sound recording. The album’s stunning artwork are watercolour paintings done by Adrianne’s grandmother, Diane Lee.

The heart-aching voice behind big thief resumes her solo career with a record that celebrates both the poignancy of her lyricism and richness of her instrumental ear, resulting in a double album of inconsolable folk & serene acoustic arrangements. Adrianne Lenker appeals to the warm and fuzzy in ways that aren’t just low-hanging fruit. Her unusual vocal stylings (which have proved more influential than ever) are a godsend, and her poetic imagery—sometimes dainty and sometimes harsh—evokes the very best of comforting storytelling. On songs (also accompanied by an instrumentals album), Lenker brings the wonderfully detailed lines that also make Big Thief such a magical group (“Wind that howls like a hound / Wind that laughs like a clown … Candescent insects / Crosses and fishnecks”), while offering more stripped-down arrangements. 

‘Songs’ and ‘Instrumentals’ are two distinct collections, No digital process was used in the production of this sound recording. “her songs feel age-old, with a haunting serenity. the talent she possesses is something so special and rare that it feels wrong to reduce it to a simple review” 9/10 – loud & quiet.

Adrianne Lenker’s albums “songs” and “instrumentals” are out October 23rd, 2020 on 4AD Records.

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