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Big Thief shares hypnotic new folk single “Cattails”: Stream

Plus, they've announced new tour dates

Big Thief, photo by Michael Buisha
Big Thief share new folk song “Cattails”, photo by Michael Buisha

    Big Thief are back with a new single called “Cattails”. The song comes from the band’s upcoming album, U.F.O.F., out May 3rd via 4AD, following up their excellent previous albums, 2016’s Masterpiece and 2017’s Capacity.

    Unlike the title track that dropped last week, which almost sounds like a Blonde Redhead B-side, “Cattails” meanders through quiet folk and backporch-style finger-picking. It’s a traditional folk song that feels as soft and hypnotic as the plant it gets its name from. According to the band’s primary singer and songwriter Adrianne Lenker, it was a song that came naturally to her, so much so that the band decided to record it on the spot after coming up with it.

    “Cattails came about while we were at the studio in Washington in the pine forest,” Lenker says in a press release. “Writing it was just one of those electric multicolored waves of connectivity just sweeping through my body. I stayed up late finishing the song and the next morning was stomping around playing it over and over again. We thought why not just record it, so James sat at the drums and we practiced and by the time we’d finished practicing, Dom Monks – our engineer – had already sneakily set up mics and recorded it. It was beautiful that he’d captured it right away because when James and I were playing it felt like a little portal in the fabric had opened and we were just flying. Listening back to it makes me cry sometimes.” See if it brings you to tears, too, after listening to it below.

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    U.F.O.F. comes on the heels of two solo records from members of Big Thief. In the fall, Lenker released the sweeping, crisp album abysskiss. Just before that, guitarist and backup singer Buck Meek dropped his self-titled solo LP last summer. You can pre-order U.F.O.F. now, and grab those solo releases, along with Big Thief’s earlier records, on vinyl over at ReverbLP.

    Big Thief also added new dates to their upcoming tour. Find their updated tour schedule outlined below.

    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
    10/17 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
    10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    10/19 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
    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
    10/30 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
    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
    11/11 – Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre

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