Photo by Sasha Arutyunova
Brooklyn’s Big Thief take a hard look at love in all its devastation and ugliness on Masterpiece, their upcoming debut album for Saddle Creek. Due out May 27th, the LP finds the rising outfit specifically capturing “the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously letting them go, looking into your own eyes through someone else’s, and being okay with the inevitability of death,” says the band’s main songwriter Adrianne Lenker.
Case in point: Big Thief’s latest single “Real Love”. Though it starts quietly, the folk-tinged number mirrors its tempestuous lyrics, eventually blooming into a wild little rocker.
Playing “Real Love” is like taking a medicinal tincture, and by the end the stress in my body is dissipated. There’s no answers in it,” Lenker tells Noisey. “Struggle is inherent in love. Without consciousness, human or animal, would love exist? We make love, and love makes us. Maybe that’s why it is so hard for us when we feel that we’ve lost it, as if we’ve disappeared.”
Stream it below.
For more of Masterpiece, check out the title track.
01. Little Arrow
04. Real Love
09. Velvet Ring
In support of the new full-length, Big Thief will be touring the US for the next couple of weeks, including dates alongside Yuck.
Big Thief 2016 Tour Dates:
03/10 – Chapel Hill, NC @ The Kraken
03/11 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Festival
03/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
03/13 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
03/15-16 – Austin, TX @ South By Southwest
03/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
03/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon *
03/23 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
03/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex *
03/25 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door *
03/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
03/28 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
03/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club *
03/30 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
03/31 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
04/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar *
04/02 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
04/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
04/05 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
04/06 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle *
04/07 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch *
04/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04/15 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
* = w/ Yuck