Saddle Creek – June 9th

Following-up a widely acclaimed debut is an unenviable task, but from the spine-tinglingly haunting opening of Capacity to the gorgeous closing number in ‘Black Diamonds’, Big Thief have emphatically succeeded.

As with its predecessor, the beauty of the work is Adrianne Lenker’s ability to blend her stunning songwriting ability – see the flawless, deeply moving ‘Mary’ which could fit on her wonderful solo record – with an almost Brothers Grimm-esque hue; identity struggles, car crashes, scar stories are all bundled together with as much raw, garage-tinged power as effortless poise.

Singles ‘Mythological Beauty’ and ‘Objects’ provide the best examples of the band’s ability to concoct catchy indie, while moments like the jarring, psychedelic opening to ‘Shark Smile’ remind us that we’re listening to an emotional outpouring rather than a tinkered, overly-considered project. Another masterpiece from this incredibly important outfit.

Buy: Big Thief – Capacity

Live: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on August 18th (supporting Conor Oberst)