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Big Thief – U.F.O.F. (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Big Thief – U.F.O.F. (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:15 minutes | 476 MB | Genre: Indie Folk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © 4AD

UFO we understand. But UFOF? The additional F is for Friends according to Big Thief. UFOs and friends then? The band’s singer Adrienne Laker gives us a loose explanation: “Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this” With the guitarist Buck Meek, the bassist Max Oleartchik and the drummer James Krivchenia, Laker releases her third album. The Brooklyn quartet’s music is a sort of folk mixed with indie rock. Without sounding too much like them, this 2019 album sometimes contains the DNA of Sonic Youth (such as on Jenni). The result is alluring, almost shimmering. But upon a closer look, “UFOF” is a bizarre and strange, almost abnormal record. And like the late Elliot Smith (Laker’s idol that one recalls on Betsy), the beautiful melodies and tremendously artisanal guitars hide an evident melancholy and unusual, unnerving situations. Perhaps that would explain the UFOs? A less ‘polished’ and luxurious record than Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017), UFOF shows a group ready to question itself and evolve its art.  – Marc Zisman

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Big Thief – Two Hands (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Big Thief – Two Hands (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:36 minutes | 477 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
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.

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Big Thief – Live at The Bunker Studio (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Big Thief – Live at The Bunker Studio (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 27:06 minutes | 276 MB | Genre: Indie Rock, Female Vocal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © 4AD

Today, Big Thief announce a late-2021 North American tour. In conjunction, they release Big Thief – Live at The Bunker Studio, as well as video footage of all the songs. The bulk of these recordings are culled from 2019’s widely praised Two Hands and U.F.O.F., additionally including ‘Black Diamonds’ from their earlier album Capacity. Directed by Marisa Gesualdi in November 2019, this collection was originally previewed with live videos of ‘Not’ and ‘Cattails’, but now the whole session is available to listen to and view.

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