Masterpiece: Eco Colour Vinyl LP4AD0562LP2
Release Date: 8th December
Big Thief haven't even been releasing for a decade and they're already one of the most consistent and evolving bands around, we're talking the best in the game right now levels. It all began with 'Masterpiece' and whilst it's short of being it, every track on this is a signal of a band who are ready to be taken in and adored. If any band is gonna hit 'Masterpiece' status, it's like Big Teeth Leaf.
Big Thief will release a new edition of their 2016 debut album Masterpiece. For the first time on 4AD, the album containing much-loved songs ‘Paul’, ‘Real Love’ and title track ‘Masterpiece’, will be remastered and reissued on reVinyl pressing from 8 December.
Masterpiece was recorded in July 2015 at an old house that they turned into a studio on Lake Champlain with producer Andrew Sarlo and engineer James Krivchenia (who would go on to become a full-time Big Thief member). The resultant debut Big Thief studio album is filled with characters and visceral narratives, songs that pivot in the space of a few words. Adrianne Lenker's voice and guitar playing speak of rich emotional territory with grace and insight. In her words, the record tracks, "the masterpiece of existence, which is always folding into itself, people attempting to connect, to both shake themselves awake and to shake off the numbness of certain points in their life. The interpretations might be impressionistic or surrealistic, but they're grounded in simple things." It soars on what Big Thief fan Sharon Van Etten called "...a real journey, with intelligent stories and twist-and-turn melodies."