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U.F.O.F.

Big Thief

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UFO we understand. But UFOF? The additional F is for Friends according to Big Thief. UFOs and friends then? The band’s singer Adrienne Laker gives us a loose explanation: “Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this” With the guitarist Buck Meek, the bassist Max Oleartchik and the drummer James Krivchenia, Laker releases her third album. The Brooklyn quartet’s music is a sort of folk mixed with indie rock. Without sounding too much like them, this 2019 album sometimes contains the DNA of Sonic Youth (such as on Jenni). The result is alluring, almost shimmering. But upon a closer look, “UFOF” is a bizarre and strange, almost abnormal record. And like the late Elliot Smith (Laker’s idol that one recalls on Betsy), the beautiful melodies and tremendously artisanal guitars hide an evident melancholy and unusual, unnerving situations. Perhaps that would explain the UFOs? A less ‘polished’ and luxurious record than Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017), UFOF shows a group ready to question itself and evolve its art. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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Contact
00:03:54

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

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UFOF
00:03:08

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer - Adrianne Lenker, Choir, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Choir, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, Choir, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

3
Cattails
00:04:05

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

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From
00:03:58

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer - Adrianne Lenker, Choir, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, Choir, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Choir, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, Choir, AssociatedPerformer - Zoë Lenker, Choir

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

5
Open Desert
00:03:47

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer - Adrianne Lenker, Choir, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Choir, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

6
Orange
00:03:30

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

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Century
00:03:07

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

8
Strange
00:03:41

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer - Adrianne Lenker, Choir, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

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Betsy
00:03:28

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

10
Terminal Paradise
00:03:25

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

11
Jenni
00:04:11

Dom Monks, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

12
Magic Dealer
00:03:01

Dom Monks, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, MixingEngineer - Domino Publishing, MusicPublisher - Taylor Carroll, Engineer - Domino Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd 2019 Big Thief under exclusive license to 4AD Ltd

Album review

UFO we understand. But UFOF? The additional F is for Friends according to Big Thief. UFOs and friends then? The band’s singer Adrienne Laker gives us a loose explanation: “Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this” With the guitarist Buck Meek, the bassist Max Oleartchik and the drummer James Krivchenia, Laker releases her third album. The Brooklyn quartet’s music is a sort of folk mixed with indie rock. Without sounding too much like them, this 2019 album sometimes contains the DNA of Sonic Youth (such as on Jenni). The result is alluring, almost shimmering. But upon a closer look, “UFOF” is a bizarre and strange, almost abnormal record. And like the late Elliot Smith (Laker’s idol that one recalls on Betsy), the beautiful melodies and tremendously artisanal guitars hide an evident melancholy and unusual, unnerving situations. Perhaps that would explain the UFOs? A less ‘polished’ and luxurious record than Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017), UFOF shows a group ready to question itself and evolve its art. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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