The last time I had such a ‘wtf’ moment upon hearing new music was The Cardigan’s ‘Long Gone Before Daylight’ (2003). I still listen to that one on a regular basis.

25 February 2022 | James Porteous | Clipper Media News

Big Thief is an American indie rock band with folk roots based in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Its members are Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar, backing vocals), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums). All four members attended the Berklee College of Music, but only formed a group after each had graduated.

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I am not a big fan of new album streaming ‘previews.’ I’m old fashioned. If I play something and I want to keep listening, I’d like to keep listening. To the entire album.

So it was with Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (2022). I liked and was confused by what I heard during the preview in equal measure and then.. well, by the time it was released in full a few weeks later, I had forgotten about it.

I’m back. It is hard to explain this album without sounding quite slow-witted and/or pedantic. It has some x and a bit of y and c and what the fuck is this other thing happening over there?

Never mind. If you listen to this song and like if after hearing the first three bars you will either know what I mean or you won’t. As will I the next time I listen to it six times in a row. (lyrics below)

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Big Thief (Certainty)

Big Thief

Big Thief (Certainty)

Name on the line, last request
Pull the car over to find some rest
Saying “I love you”
Need to lie here, need to leave
Living in the debt of make-believe
Saying I owe you
Crooked as a crow gnawing on dawn
Shadow from the grass in the dirt on the lawn
Why do I string you along?

My certainty is wild, weaving
For you, I am a child, believing
You lay beside me sleeping on a plain
In the future

Sit on the phone, watch TV
Romance, action, mystery
Wanted to show you
Sine wave is a particle ride
Bring your light out, then in on the tide
Maybe I love you
Maybe I love you is a river so high
Maybe I love you is a river so low
I love you, still don’t know

My certainty is wild, weaving
For you, I am a child, believing
You lay beside me sleeping on a plane
In the future

My certainty is wild, weaving
For you, I am a child, believing
You lay beside me sleeping on a plain
In the future

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Alexander Meek / Adrianne Lenker

Certainty lyrics © Buck Meek