Adri­anne Lenker

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abysskiss

Not enough peo­ple talk about how

damn pro­lific Adri­anne Lenker is. Lenker’s som­bre, plain­tive folk rock pro­pelled her band Big Thief to in­die star­dom with the one-two punch of al­bums Mas­ter­piece and Ca­pac­ity, in 2016 and 2017 re­spec­tively, and a quick Google search can find sev­eral other projects and loosies stretch­ing back only a few years. The songs of Big Thief aren’t par­tic­u­larly or­nate, yet the solo ma­te­rial of abysskiss is stripped down even fur­ther. Big Thief’s best mo­ments are when Lenker serves as an in­ti­mate guid­ing force through the band’s rock over­tones, and she serves a sim­i­lar role here through abysskiss’s wist­ful folk. It would take lit­tle-to-no tin­ker­ing to fit tracks like “cra­dle” and “blue and red horses” on a Big Thief record, but tracks like “what can you say” and “10 miles” pos­sess a ten­der me­an­der­ing qual­ity to them that adds a new di­men­sion to Lenker’s song­writ­ing, choos­ing to soothe rather than ig­nite. abysskiss con­tin­ues to keep Lenker’s song­writ­ing hot streak go­ing — more than enough to tide us over un­til the next Big Thief record. (Sad­dle Creek)

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