Album of the Month - October 2018
An achingly beautiful record from Big Thief vocalist, Adrianne Lenker. This is the Minnesota-born musician as she is, with very little else. Her voice is centre stage, which flickers, dancing and diving over her guitar like an autumn sun on a frost-bitten morning. Lenker's ability to let you inside, to do away with the barrier between artist and listener is more striking than ever before. The gentle flutters whisper in your ear like secrets shared between you and her. The intimacy is so that every pick, every chord change carries with it an unmilled ripple and a chirp.
Recorded with Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic, the 10 songs were written in snatched moments on the relentless Big Thief tour. Lenker sounds raw, her lyrics organic. They escape her lungs with little scrutiny but plenty of emotion.
Abysskiss is understated and unassuming. It could have been discovered in a dusty cabin, penned by a long-lost folk-hero. Adrianne serenades us with her songbook of gently reflective golden lullabies. It's delicate, enchanting and irresistible. A gorgeous and affecting listen especially if you have a tendency for the likes of Jessica Pratt, Kath Bloom, Joan Baez and Karen Dalton.
Albums of the Month - October 2018
2. The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking
3. Christine & The Queens - Chris
4. Phosphorescent - C'est La Vie
5. Cat Power - Wanderer
6. Low - Double Negative
7. The Joy Formidable - AAARTH
8. Sobrenadar - Y
9. Mutual Benefit - Thunder Follows the Light
10. David August - D'Angelo