A collection of new and unforgotten songs from Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker. The songs on Abysskiss are much more intimate than those Lenker plays with her band, giving us a more complete vision of her abilities as a songwriter. The guitar playing is plaintive and tender, and her singing is warm and welcoming. On Saddle Creek.
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Being in my mid 40s I can't seem to cope with Adrianne Lenker's ever changing hairstyles. Google image her and you'll see a suedehead, long trusses and a kind of mid range effort. It's of no importance really but means I don't quite know how to picture her which has lead to a certain ambiguity to this, her first solo record away from the lads in her main band Big Thief.
The first thing notable about Abysskiss is how pretty it is. You'll know by now that I like things kept simple and Abysskiss consists of just beautifully plucked acoustic guitar, drifting atmospheric affects and Lenker's extraordinary high pitched voice. The first two tracks are exquisite. 'Terminal Paradise' is so fragile that I think I might disturb it by simply breathing on it. The plucked guitar is joined by 'Pink Moon' style piano chords and the fluttering Lenker does the rest. 'From' perhaps even better. It's the most autumnal thing I've ever heard but Lenker isn't going to stay in one place throughout. 'Out of Your Mind' uses fuzz tone guitar and has a more warped song structure - perhaps like some of Jeff Buckley's wanderings on 'My Sweetheart the Drunk'.
Often utterly mesmerising - the best thing I can say about Lenker's music is that it it's best I feel the breath has been removed from my body and I'm flailing wildly at the skip button to listen to the track again. Quality dips at certain parts understandably and some may question the lack of variety but I'm in leaf kicking mood and this is perfect for October twilight.
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