Big Thief – Two Hands (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:39 minutes | 477 MB | Genre: Indie Rock, Female Vocal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © 4AD
Less than six months after releasing their highly acclaimed third album, U.F.O.F., the Brooklyn indie-folk band Big Thief returns with Two Hands. While its Irish twin sounds incredibly controlled and labored over, the majority of Two Hands are one-take recordings (tracked live in the middle of a Texas desert) with no overdubs, capturing the arresting beauty of their live performances.
Lead single “Not” is the loudest and most intense Big Thief song to date. Frontwoman Adrianne Lenker’s croon is pushed to a panting rasp during the track’s teetering climax, and its second half is overtaken by a gangly, drawn-out guitar solo gracelessly deconstructing into ringing noise. However, despite the crashing drum fill that kicks off the record, “Not”’s striking diversion from their signature serenity is the album’s only moment of its kind.
The main difference is that here, Big Thief sound looser and less concerned with painstaking prettiness. Instead, they let the tape roll and see what happens. Perhaps the most commendable aspect is that even without the benefit of studio wizardry, this band can still make magic happen. – Eli Enis
01. Big Thief – Rock and Sing (02:03)
02. Big Thief – Forgotten Eyes (03:31)
03. Big Thief – The Toy (04:16)
04. Big Thief – Two Hands (03:52)
05. Big Thief – Those Girls (03:22)
06. Big Thief – Shoulders (03:13)
07. Big Thief – Not (06:07)
08. Big Thief – Wolf (04:42)
09. Big Thief – Replaced (04:54)
10. Big Thief – Cut My Hair (03:36)