Here’s a game for you; can you listen to the latest solo record from Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker, without your eyeballs leaking? Maybe buy some shares in Kleenex (other tissue brands are available), before you crack into abysskiss. Delicate opener ‘terminal paradise’ finds Lenker ruminating over her death, with vocals almost whispered over delicate acoustic guitars. It sets the tone for most of the record, but it’s not entirely single-paced; ‘out of your mind’ is a bit more uptempo, even if it won’t set any dancefloors on fire. For the most part, a beautiful hushed- vocals-over-acoustics aesthetic abounds. It’s maybe not the best choice of aural pleasure unless you have time for a ruddy good cry, but if you do; dive in, it’s beautiful.
Photo by Shervin Lainez.