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Adrianne Lenker releases tender new solo song "dragon eyes"

01 October 2020, 14:12 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker has released soft new track "dragon eyes" as the latest preview of her two solo albums songs and instrumentals.

"dragon eyes" is the second track to be shared from songs after lead single "anything" landed earlier this month.

Lenker's forthcoming solo albums will follow on from her 2018 solo record abysskiss.

Both of Lenker's forthcoming albums were written and recorded in April at a cabin in the mountains of western Massachusetts after Big Thief's tour got cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lenker says, "I grew really connected to the space itself. The one room cabin felt like the inside of an acoustic guitar - it was such a joy to hear the notes reverberate in the space."

The two LP's were recorded with help from engineer Philip Weinrobe. The duo started and ended each day by playing an improvised acoustic guitar instrumental, leading them to create a collage which became the first side of the instrumentals album. Weinrobe says, "We wanted to make a record that put you, the listener, in the most intimate position possible."

Lenker adds, "I had a handful of songs that I was planning on recording, but by the time Phil arrived I was on a whole new level of heartsick and the songs were flying through my ears. I was basically lying in the dirt half the time. We went with the flow. A lot of the focus was on getting nourishment from our meals. We cooked directly on the woodstove, and we went on walks to the creek every day to bathe. I’m grateful that this music has come into existence. These songs have helped me heal. I hope that at least in some small way this music can be a friend to you."

No digital process was used to create the songs, as Weinrobe explains, "Not only does this process allow for a very specific type of sonic experience to come alive, but the process also dictates how we work. The fine-toothed editing and micro adjustments that every modern record relies on are not available. The computer screen is not glowing while the music is being recorded. The entire workflow becomes a part of the music in a way that is simply not possible when working in digital audio. AAA (analog-analog-analog) is a very labor and resource intensive process and it has a wide array of limitations compared to digital record making, but there is no other way we could have achieved both the capture and delivery of this music without it."

"dragon eyes" is out now. Adrianne Lenker's songs and instrumentals albums will be released 23 October via 4AD, and are available to pre-order now.
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