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Big Thief

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 8:00 PM


with Palehound
Can we welcome an unknown that stretches, terrified, into every direction? Is it safeto grab the shrivelled, mysterious hand that reaches out to us from darkness? Atrembling voice speaks the answer clearly. The Celestial Twin. U.F.O.F.U.F.O.F.,Fstanding for Friend, is the name of the highly anticipated third record byBig Thief, set to be released by 4AD later this year. The New York-based band,featuring Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik(bass), and James Krivchenia (drums), has spent the last 4 years on an incessantworld tour, winning the devotion of an enthusiastic and rapidly expandingaudience.Their songs represent an emotional bravery and realness that weavesintimate relationships with the listener, a phenomenon that has made them one ofthe most widely-respected bands of the current era. Their first two back-to-backreleases,Masterpiece(2016) andCapacity(2017), have been analysed, wept to,danced to, critically applauded, imitated, hummed idly, and shouted out loud. Theyhave soundtracked crowded restaurants, difficult conversations, cowboy bars, yogaclasses, night drives, and lonely bedrooms.In 2019, the members of Big Thief are more deeply bonded than ever before. Theirlives have become completely intertwined. Perpetual motion, nightly performanceand struggles of the road have led them to develop their own connective language.They wake up and run together each morning; they intuit songs only sung for eachother. Perhaps the best Big Thief tune you will never hear is the backstage classic, Iknow what you mean. Its a beautiful thing. The spirit has never been strongerandU.F.O.F.feels, to Big Thief, like their first record as a fully realized band.U.F.O.F.was recorded in rural western Washington at Bear Creek Studios. In a largecabin-like room, the band set up their gear to track live with engineer Dom Monksand producer Andrew Sarlo, who was also behind their previous albums.Havingalready lived these songs on tour, they were relaxed and ready to experiment. Theraw material came quickly. Some songs, like Cattailswritten only hours beforerecordingstretched out instantly, first take, vocals and all. Others were explored insearch of perfected moments of dynamic feedback and spiritual, rhythmictogetherness. A careful New Age sprinkle of mystical textures and stabs was addedand kept in the mix only when all agreed that each element had become absolutelycrucial to the tune. The completed palette feels classic, upfront and honest, with anoccasional, welcome glimpse into the magic box.U.F.O.F.lifts the listener, slowly, into a delicate, celestial mystery, each member ofthe band adding their own visceral mastery to its skyscape. Adrianne Lenkers voicefinds new resting places, layered like a cloud above itself on album opener Contactor crooning low through thick grass on Betsy.Her finger-picked guitar chords evolveand extend into warming harmony. Her leads beam passion and pain. Buck Meeksexploratory notes and avant-garde textures slither to the songs subconsciousnarrative, while James Krivchenias relaxed tempo and snare drum ghost notespossess your head into a steady bob. Max Oleartchiks bass guitar playing is elusiveand rhythmic, either crouching undetected or ripping a quick one for thepeople.When his bass goes missing from the song Cattails, imagine him levitatingabove the tune in quiet meditation, waiting for that perfect moment to slide back intothe mix. The moment doesnt come till halfway through the next song.Lyrically,U.F.O.F.is a dream in the dark. Characters and scenery interact outside oftime. Names of mystery women appear, then disappear. Cruelties flash. Pronounsmeld. There is a darkness here, but its not one to be feared. Making friends with theunknown All my songs are about this, says Lenker; If the nature of life is changeand impermanence, Id rather be uncomfortably awake in that truth than lost indenial. Every song here casts a shadow, and the direction of this shadow

Cost: $22.00 - $24.00
Tickets: http://www.ticketnetwork.com/tix/tickets-3915909.aspx

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