Let Big Thief Make You Fall in Love on Country Highways with New Single, "Century"

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Let Big Thief Make You Fall in Love on Country Highways with New Single, "Century"

Picture the last glow of sunset burning out over the horizon as miles of country freeway stretch listlessly before you. You’re in just the right middle-of-nowhere spot that the radio won’t tune into much of anything save for crackles and fuzz. Exhaustion sets into your shoulders, but the way the trees fly by, ignited by neon pinks and smoky purples as you blink the highway hypnosis from your eyes, you’re at peace with its simple allure.

Such is the charm of Big Thief, the Brooklyn four-piece who today released their sleepy-eyed single “Century,” the last release prior to their forthcoming album U.F.O.F., out May 3 via 4AD.

“Bugs died / On your windshield on the freeway / Wonder if you’ll be the same centuries flower / And we have the same power,” rasps Adrianne Lenker, her voice soft but centered, lulling the listener right into her spell. Paired with bassist Max Olearchik’s mesmerizing picking and James Krivchenia’s inventive drumming, a sort of Joni Mitchell-meets-Edie Brickell cadence is achieved. Buck Meek rounds out the welcoming velvet of cozy acoustics with an enthralling guitar solo.

Listen to “Century” below and check out Big Thief performing “Masterpiece” at Daytrotter back in 2016, along with their tour dates further down. You can preorder the album here, and revisit previous singles “Cattails” and “UFOF” while you’re at it.

Big Thief Tour Dates:

May
02 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Fonda Theatre
03 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Bootleg Theater (SOLD OUT)
05 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Elsewhere (SOLD OUT)
18 – Leeds, U.K. @ Brudenell Social Club (SOLD OUT)
19 – Glasgow, U.K. @ SWG3
21 – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street
22 – Manchester, U.K. @ The Ritz
23 – London, U.K. @ Roundhouse
24 – Bristol, U.K. @ SWX
26 – Cambridge, U.K. @ Cambridge Junction
27 – Paris, France @ Trabendo
28 – Brussels, Belgium @ Orangerie
30 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
31 – Nîmes, France @ This Is Not a Love Song Festival

June
02 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret
03-06 – Marina Di Ravenna, Italy @ Beaches Brew Festival
03 – Berlin, Germany @ Lido
04 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Bogen F
08 – Porto, Portugal @ NOS Privaera Sound

August
06-10 – Oslo, Norway @ Oya Festival
08 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Lille Vega
15-18 – Wales, U.K @ Green Man Festival
16 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival

October
9 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel
10 – New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
11 – New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
12 – South Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground
13 – Boston, Mass. @ Wilbur Theatre
15 – Montreal, Que. @ La Tulipe
16 – Toronto, Ont. @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
17 – Detroit, Mich. @ Majestic Theatre
18 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
19 – Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee
21 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
24 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
25 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Vogue Theatre
26 – Seattle, Wash. @ Moore Theatre
28 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
30 – Santa Ana, Calif. @ The Observatory

November
01 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Crescent Ballroom
02 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sister
04 – Austin, Texas @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
05 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees
07 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
08 – Saxapahaw, N.C. @ Haw River Ballroom
09 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
10 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
11 – Columbus, Ohio @ The Athenaeum Theatre

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