With their new 20-track album Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You now less than two months away, Big Thief continue to spoil us with another couple of advance singles from it in “Spud Infinity” and “No Reason”.
“Spud Infinity” has been a live favourite both at Big Thief shows and Adrianne Lenker solo shows for a few years now, and it’s a joy to finally hear the studio version. Imbued with fiddle from Mat Davidson and jaw harp from Lenker’s brother Noah, the song genuinely skips and hops while the singer extrapolates on what it is to live and wonder. It’s a true barn dance, no wonder Adrianne lets out a little “yip!” as she gets into the groove at the end.
“No Reason” takes us to Big Thief’s more magical side, full of harmonies and soft-hued guitars as Lenker sings of ephemeral things like eyelashes and coming together as one. It’s made even more special by the flute played by Richard Hardy, a legendary player who is often heard on recordings with Carole King.