First Listen: Big Thief, 'Masterpiece'

May 19, 2016 11:00 AM

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First Listen: Big Thief, 'Masterpiece'

Big Thief is a band bound by great songs. Its first album opens with singer Adrianne Lenker on acoustic guitar, recorded on what sounds like an old cassette machine. By the second song, you hear the blossoming of an artist into a band, a community, a force.

Big Thief sounds warm and muscular, with moments that comfort and explode nestled closely together. "Masterpiece" was the first music I heard from the group, and it's one of the best songs I've heard this year. Lenker's quivering voice is emboldened and frail, while the bass (Matt Oleartchik), guita...

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