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Two Hands

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Less than six months after releasing their highly acclaimed third album, U.F.O.F., the Brooklyn indie-folk band Big Thief returns with Two Hands. While its Irish twin sounds incredibly controlled and labored over, the majority of Two Hands are one-take recordings (tracked live in the middle of a Texas desert) with no overdubs, capturing the arresting beauty of their live performances.

Lead single "Not" is the loudest and most intense Big Thief song to date. Frontwoman Adrianne Lenker’s croon is pushed to a panting rasp during the track’s teetering climax, and its second half is overtaken by a gangly, drawn-out guitar solo gracelessly deconstructing into ringing noise. However, despite the crashing drum fill that kicks off the record, "Not"’s striking diversion from their signature serenity is the album’s only moment of its kind.

The main difference is that here, Big Thief sound looser and less concerned with painstaking prettiness. Instead, they let the tape roll and see what happens. Perhaps the most commendable aspect is that even without the benefit of studio wizardry, this band can still make magic happen. © Eli Enis / Qobuz

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1
Rock and Sing
00:02:03

Dom Monks, Engineer - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, Mixer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

2
Forgotten Eyes
00:03:31

Dom Monks, Engineer - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, Mixer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

3
The Toy
00:04:16

Dom Monks, Engineer - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, Mixer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

4
Two Hands
00:03:52

Dom Monks, Engineer - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, Mixer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

5
Those Girls
00:03:22

Dom Monks, Engineer - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, Mixer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

6
Shoulders
00:03:13

Dom Monks, Engineer - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, Mixer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

7
Not
00:06:07

Dom Monks, Engineer - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, Mixer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

8
Wolf
00:04:42

Dom Monks, Engineer - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, Mixer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

9
Replaced
00:04:54

Dom Monks, Engineer - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, Mixer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

10
Cut My Hair
00:03:36

Dom Monks, Engineer - Andrew Sarlo, Producer, Mixer - Adrianne Lenker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Big Thief, MainArtist - Buck Meek, AssociatedPerformer - James Krivchenia, Mixer, AssociatedPerformer - Max Oleartchik, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

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Less than six months after releasing their highly acclaimed third album, U.F.O.F., the Brooklyn indie-folk band Big Thief returns with Two Hands. While its Irish twin sounds incredibly controlled and labored over, the majority of Two Hands are one-take recordings (tracked live in the middle of a Texas desert) with no overdubs, capturing the arresting beauty of their live performances.

Lead single "Not" is the loudest and most intense Big Thief song to date. Frontwoman Adrianne Lenker’s croon is pushed to a panting rasp during the track’s teetering climax, and its second half is overtaken by a gangly, drawn-out guitar solo gracelessly deconstructing into ringing noise. However, despite the crashing drum fill that kicks off the record, "Not"’s striking diversion from their signature serenity is the album’s only moment of its kind.

The main difference is that here, Big Thief sound looser and less concerned with painstaking prettiness. Instead, they let the tape roll and see what happens. Perhaps the most commendable aspect is that even without the benefit of studio wizardry, this band can still make magic happen. © Eli Enis / Qobuz

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