Big Thief strike again with their not-so-long-awaited return with today’s new single “Not.”
For those who have seen the band live recently, you may recognize the track, as it‘a often performed. The song will be featured on the album, Two Hands, coming this October via 4AD.
The band began recording sessions just days after wrapping up U.F.O.F. Claiming to be a “sister album” of sorts, Two Hands is said to be a departure of the mystical harmonies and cosmic elegance of U.F.O.F., replaced with a more sonic rawness, as perfectly displayed in this new track. All but two tracks on the upcoming album feature live vocals from Adrianne Lenker.
As a preface to the new album and single, Lenker had this to say: “Two Hands has the songs that I’m the most proud of; I can imagine myself singing them when I’m old. Musically and lyrically, you can’t break it down much further than this. It’s already bare-bones.”
It goes without saying that this new track is a total banger and emphasize what, in my opinion, Big Thief does best: shredding loudly while a raw and bolstering Adrianne Lenker vocal focuses poetry to the forefront of the music.
For now, we eagerly await the newest work from one of rock’s most cardinal bands. In accompaniment to the new album will begin a tour this fall, and a portion of the proceeds will go to good causes such as “Youth Speaks” and “Little Kids Rock.”
Check out “Not” here.
Jakob Palermo is a published poet and artist from Southern California based in Portland, OR. His work is an eclectic mix of poetry, prose, and visual arts.