Brooklynite 4-piece Big Thief bring us their eagerly anticipated sophomore full-length release, Capacity. Adrianne Lenker's songwriting is concerned with identity and the many faces we present as women and men. The band continue to train ever brighter lights upon the wonders of the world, while drilling down into the darker recesses of the human condition. That's deep. LP and CD on Saddle Creek.
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Remember when this came out in like, the summer, and we were totally on the ball and gave it an approving review? Yes, I remember it quite definitely. It turns out that was actually Big Thief’s last record, the lovely albeit slight ‘Masterpiece’, and that they’ve made another in the interim. ‘Capacity’ sees them going from strength to more overt strength, crafting an album with deeper sinking melodies and the same winning soft noise -- a kind of distilled punk music worthy only of the Saddle Creek stamp.
Adrianne Lenker doesn’t go bigger, on this record, but her countrified fuzz rock is clearer and more spacious, with even the ringing distortion of songs like “Capacity” giving her languishing lyrics the slow pace they need to think. Her hooks, often, are written into the hidden corners of the songs, a mere second of vocal lilt that colours the sludgy rock arrangement around it.
It stands as some of the loveliest and subtlest indie rockin’ of the year, with tunes like “Great White Shark” given ineffable gravitas from their subliminal chords and nimble guitars, the kind of things that could stand out in the centre but would rather plod their way into your mind. Nothing ever feels too revealing, instead hiding down out of sight for the listener to dig out in parts. You know that thing where you say a band's next album will be the one that makes true on their promise? Well yeah. 'Capacity' is actually that -- it's the winner.
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