Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:20:25 minutes | 1,62 GB | Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Alternative Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © 4AD

Big Thief songwriter and frontwoman Adrianne Lenker’s aesthetic falls somewhere between rough edged Appalachian Mountain music filtered through an urban Brooklyn sensibility, and something further out, more individualized, and in the end, not completely expressible. While stanzas like “When I say celestial/ I mean extraterrestrial/ I mean accepting the alien you’ve rejected in your own heart/ When I say heart I mean finish/The last one there is a potato knish/ Baking too long in the sun of spud infinity” might make you smile, her lyrics often seem like they’re only scratching the surface of what she’s thinking and feeling. Her voice, which can shade into a Hazel Dickens kind of portentousness, often strains to reach a place that only she can visualize. But the overall effect is a rigorous, engaged, and inviting musical experience. Recorded in four locations—Topanga Canyon, Upstate New York, Colorado, and Tucson, Arizona—there’s nevertheless a cohesion thanks to Lenker’s singing. “Red Moon,” with guest Matt Davidson of Twain on fiddle and harmony vocals, is the band at their most Americana-esque. The album’s sweetest melody is found on “No Reason” with Buck Meek on twelve-string guitar and guest Richard Hardy on flute. The only misstep is “Love Love Love,” where Lenker’s voice wobbles and nearly breaks in spots. At times the foursome (rounded out by bassist Max Oleartchik and drummer James Krivchenia) do get noisier, as in “Little Things,” where Meek’s electric guitar chimes and reverb gives Lenker’s voice extra force; guitar effects and electronics add a textured bass thump to “Flower of Blood.” You may wonder if this double album would have been tighter and less indulgent condensed into a single, but Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You justifies its length, staying steady until the goodtime honky-tonk closer, “Blue Lightning.” – Robert Baird

1-1. Big Thief – Change (04:55)
1-2. Big Thief – Time Escaping (03:48)
1-3. Big Thief – Spud Infinity (05:34)
1-4. Big Thief – Certainty (03:07)
1-5. Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (04:43)
1-6. Big Thief – Sparrow (05:11)
1-7. Big Thief – Little Things (05:44)
1-8. Big Thief – Heavy Bend (01:36)
1-9. Big Thief – Flower of Blood (04:24)
1-10. Big Thief – Blurred View (04:06)
1-11. Big Thief – Red Moon (04:19)
1-12. Big Thief – Dried Roses (02:35)
1-13. Big Thief – No Reason (03:47)
1-14. Big Thief – Wake Me up to Drive (03:43)
1-15. Big Thief – Promise Is a Pendulum (04:12)
1-16. Big Thief – 12,000 Lines (02:59)
1-17. Big Thief – Simulation Swarm (04:12)
1-18. Big Thief – Love Love Love (04:13)
1-19. Big Thief – The Only Place (03:14)
1-20. Big Thief – Blue Lightning (03:51)