Big Thief announce new album, U.F.O.F., share title track: Stream

The indie folk band will support their third full-length on a North American tour

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    After a two-year stretch that saw them break out with a pair of releases — 2016’s Masterpiece and 2017’s Capacity — the members of Big Thief put in some time on solo projects. Primary singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker released abysskiss back in the fall, while guitarist/backup singer Buck Meek dropped his self-titled solo LP last summer. Now, the whole band is back together with a new album, U.F.O.F., due May 3rd on their new label home, 4AD.

    Recorded in western Washington state at Bear Creek Studios, U.F.O.F. (with the final F standing for “friend”) was tracked live with producer Andrew Sarlo, who also handled Big Thief’s first two LPs, and engineer Dom Monks. A press release notes that some of the material was written mere hours before recording and canned in a single take, while other songs were given a “New Age sprinkle of mystical textures and stabs.” However the music came about, you can be sure the tracks will be as raw, honest, and mysterious as ever.

    “Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this,” Lenker says in a press release. “If the nature of life is change and impermanence, I’d rather be uncomfortably awake in that truth than lost in denial.”


    As a first listen, Big Thief has shared the title track. “UFOF” is a dreamy spiral of guitars that pull gently like a welcome, slightly eerie tractor beam. “There will soon be proof/ That there is no alien,” sings Lenker. “Just a system of truth and lies/ The reason, the language/ And the law of attraction.”

    Take a listen below. You can also pre-order U.F.O.F. now, and grab some past Big Thief vinyl at ReverbLP.

    U.F.O.F. Artwork:

    Big Thief UFOF album cover artwork

    U.F.O.F. Tracklist:
    01. Contact
    02. UFOF
    03. Cattails
    04. From
    05. Open Desert
    06. Orange
    07. Century
    08. Strange
    09. Betsy
    10. Terminal Paradise
    11. Jenni
    12. Magic Dealer


    Big Thief will support U.F.O.F. on a newly announced North American tour. Kicking off in October with a pair of shows at New York’s soon to be reopened Webster Hall, the run follows a summer trek that takes the band through Europe. Find the band’s complete itinerary below. Tickets for most of the new dates go on sale March 1st at Live Nation, and you can also check the secondary market via StubHub.

    Big Thief 2019 Tour Dates:
    04/20 – San Diego, CA @ Irenic
    05/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
    05/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theater
    05/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
    05/18 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
    05/19 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
    05/21 – Dublin, IR @ Vicar Street
    05/22 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
    05/23 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
    05/24 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
    05/26 – Cambridge, UK @ Cambridge Junction
    05/27 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo
    05/28 – Brussels, BE @ Orangerie
    05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
    05/31 – Nîmes, FR @ This Is Not a Love Song Festival
    06/02 – Amsterdam, NL @ Best Kept Secret
    06/03 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
    06/04 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
    06/05-06 – Marina Di Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew Festival
    06/08 – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
    08/06-10 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
    08/08 – Copenhagen, DK @ Lille Vega
    08/15-18 – Wales, UK @ Green Man Festival
    08/16 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
    10/10 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
    10/11 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
    10/12 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
    10/13 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
    10/15 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
    10/16 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
    10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    10/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    10/24 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
    10/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
    10/26 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
    10/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
    11/01 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
    11/02 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
    11/04 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
    11/05 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
    11/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
    11/08 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
    11/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    11/10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

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