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Frances Quinlan

May 21, 2019

Big Thief



Listening to Brooklyn quartet Big Thief’s newest album U.F.O.F. feels like lying on your back and watching the clouds pass overhead. An exercise in restraint and patience, each song washes over the listener in a gentle wave, immersing them in vocalist Adrianne Lenker’s alluring murmur. This nuanced sensory reaction to the band’s music is by no coincidence. U.F.O.F. is an exploration in naturalistic imagery and colors on each track. Lenker sings about cattails, fruit bats, crying rivers, and orange winds; saturating the album with fragmented memories of people and places. It’s only fitting that this album was released during the spring, each magical guitar chord feels like it is calling for the grass to grow and green to return to the earth.

Stream the track 'Orange' above 

Written by Madeline Schwappach