Big Thief’s highly anticipated second album, Capacity, comes hot on the trail of their stunning debut, Masterpiece. Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums) take us on a journey overgrown with a wilderness of souls — these are carnivorous stories, with pangs of sadness and joy. Lenker shows us the gentle side of being ripped open, and then recounts the second act of pulling oneself back together to prepare for it all to happen again.
Masterpiece took them on near-constant tours coast-to-coast in the U.S., to the U.K. and Europe twice, and around the world to Australia. But before leaving on their global adventures, they recorded Capacity in a snowy winter nest in upstate New York at Outlier Studio with producer Andrew Sarlo, who also produced Masterpiece. Sarlo worked intimately with the band to arrange most of the songs for the first time at the studio, moving from conception to birth in a matter of hours. Bonfires were built each night, a month of meals were prepared and shared by the five, with maple water from a tree tap each morning, everyone helping feed the sheep, chickens, and angora rabbits on the farm.
Lenker’s characters are often spooked and then soothed in a remarkably short amount of time, regenerating back into a state where they can once again be vulnerable. The band breathes with this swell, gasping in synchrony, hyperventilating with volume, and then suddenly the crisis passes and the band exhales with mutual relief. NPR Music’s Bob Boilen finds an enduring quality in Capacity’s songs: “Big Thief’s quiet power propels songs of the flesh and soul. These are timeless songs, memorable and momentous.”
“There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” says Lenker. “The songs search for a deeper level of self-acceptance, to embrace the world within and without. I think Masterpiece began that process, as a first reaction from inside the pain, and ‘Capacity’ continues that examination with a wider perspective.”
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