Big Thief / Masterpiece
Album: Masterpiece   Collection:General
Artist:Big Thief   Added:Mar 2017
Label:Saddle Creek  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2017-04-05 Pull Date: 2017-06-07
Week Ending: May 28 May 7 Apr 30 Apr 23 Apr 16 Apr 9
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. May 09, 2024: elemenohps and qs
Little Arrow
4. Feb 18, 2024: Cruel Optimism
2. Mar 20, 2024: GORP (season finale)
5. Jan 25, 2024: emergency meeting
3. Mar 12, 2024: Phone Scam
Velvet Ring
6. May 17, 2023: Altitude Sickness
Velvet Ring

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2017-03-29
Heavy, swaggery rock ’n roll four-piece anchored by the razor sharp singing and autobiographical songwriting of Adrienne Lenker. They’re on Bright Eyes’ old label Saddle Creek, which makes sense because they play a lot with emo bands but have more of a 90s heartland alt-rock sensibility. Cathartic, emotionally bracing, with brief folk moments among the full-on rock. They’re getting big pretty fast, and for good reason. RIYL Magnolia Electric Co, Mitski, Angel Olsen, Pinegrove. FCCs on 2, 3 (borderline), 7. Favorites: 4, 5, 7, 12.

1. (1:58)—Lo-fi recording of acoustic guitar and vocals.
2. (3:51)—FCC (“this place smells like p***”). Loud, slow strut, reminds me of Heartless Bastards.
3. (2:19)—Borderline FCC (there’s no obscene language, but it’s pretty obvious what her lover’s doing). Mid-tempo, driving, pretty.
4. *(4:17)—Slow and loud, epic. Builds twice in four minutes. Great noisy guitar breakdown.
5. *(3:24)—Mid-tempo, tight, catchy, a little surfy. Whispered vocals. Last 30 seconds sound like they came from a childhood home video.
6. (1:54)—Slow, melancholy guitar picking. Heavy Marissa Nadler feel.
7. *(3:04)—FCC (s***), but this song is so good you should play it all the time during safe harbor. Slow, smooth, seductive, chill-inducing, with lava flow guitar and the catchiest chorus on the entire record.
8. (3:23)—Mid-tempo, propulsive bash-out. High-pitched, strained vocals.
9. (2:36)—Multitracked fingerpicked guitar. Freak folk-ish.
10. (3:06)—Alternates between slow, somewhat mathy verses and fast, sunny choruses.
11. (3:09)—Simple ballad with woozy fingerpicked electric guitar. Ends with recording of bird sounds.
12. *(4:23)—Slow, warm, sad, grand. If it’s not safe harbor and you can’t play track 7, this is similar.

Track Listing
1. Little Arrow   7. Paul
2. Masterpiece   8. Humans
3. Vegas   9. Velvet Ring
4. Real Love   10. Animals
5. Interstate   11. Randy
6. Lorraine   12. Parallels