Big Thief – “Mythological Beauty”

Photo by Shervin Lainez

 

Big Thief is the greatest band around right now. The Brooklyn band’s strain of folk-rock, with its delicate guitar lines and trembling lead vocals, resembles an Americanized and far cooler The Cranberries. The sound and the lyrics are very much at home in the Saddle Creek catalogue.

Frontwoman, Adrianne Lenker, has a devastating talent for delivering her songs with the full balance of their due emotional weight. In “Mythological Beauty,” she recounts the day a railroad spike fell from a treehouse and into her five-year-old head. She sings from the perspective of her mother. The song is off Big Thief’s latest full-length, Capacity, the result of the band’s winter month alone on a farm/recording studio in the Catskill Mountains. It’s out now and deserves a full-focused listen.

Saddle Creek Records 2017.

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