Boomkat Product Review:
Fully bumper 20-track sprawl from folk-indie outfit Big Thief, following a run of acclaimed records on Saddle Creek and 4AD. Somewhere between Nashville, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles.
Put together following four 2020 recording sessions in Upstate New York, Topanga Canyon, The Rocky Mountains, and Tucson, Arizona, Big Thief edited 'Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You' down from a respectable 45 songs. The band wanted to show not only their growth as individuals, but vocalist and de-facto frontwoman Adrianne Lenker's songwriting. It's not easy to process in one sitting, but the band clears a lot of material, veering from pristine, but heartfelt country-fried pop ('Change', 'Spud Infinity'), to Marissa Nadler ambient dream-folk ('Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You'), trip-hop influenced electronics ('Blurred View') and '90s pop excess ('Little Things').
It's the four members' resolve that keeps the album grounded - you get the sense of each member's pent up desire and willingness to experiment. These songs came from a period where we all felt trapped in one way or another, and for Big Thief the period resulted in a wealth of material that covers a lot of ground. The amazing thing is how high the quality is throughout.