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Big Thief have released a standalone track, ‘Love In Mine‘. The song originally appeared as a b-side of a 7” mailed to fans ahead of the announcement of 2019’s acclaimed Two Hands. It follows their recently released EP Demos Vol. 1 – Topanga Canyon, CA – Feb 2018, which benefits Big Thief’s road crew,

‘Love In Mine’ shuffles with delicate finger pickings, soft percussion, and Lenker’s tender, hushed voice. As the track ends, the band’s multiple voices blend together into a gentle invocation: “Whatever comes // When it calls // Whatever leaves.”

Last week Big Thief announced the rescheduling of their Australian tour dates to March 2021. Big Thief’s latest album ‘Two Hands’ is out now:

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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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A mere three months after the release of their critically-acclaimed “U.F.O.F”., Big Thief have announced a second LP this year. “Two Hands” will be released on October 11th via 4AD Records and its first scorching single “Not.”

Recorded 30 miles outside El Paso at Sonic Ranch Studio — surrounded by 3,000 acres of pecan nut orchards — the Brooklyn band called Two Hands “the earth twin” to its sister record U.F.O.F., known as “the celestial twin” (that LP was recorded in a cabin in the woods of Washington State). The new album was recorded live with almost no overdubs, giving it a really raw desert feel.

“Two Hands has the songs that I’m the most proud of; I can imagine myself singing them when I’m old,” vocalist Adrianne Lenker has said in a statement. “Musically and lyrically, you can’t break it down much further than this. It’s already bare-bones.” It’s our 4th record, Two Hands. . We started making this the week after making U.F.O.F. it’s hard to put into words how much this one means to us. we are so proud of it and we are so steamed up to share it with you all. once again, Dom Monks on the board and Andrew Sarlo in the producers seat.

‘Not’ by Big Thief, from their upcoming album ‘Two Hands’, out October 11 on 4AD Records.