Big Thief’s “change” is a gentle embrace of constant life transitions
At the beginning of August, as the sun shone with summer heat, Big thief came back with some new singles. It was the first idea the band was on to something new since their 2019 albums. Two hands and UFOF Over the seasons, the quartet always releases new singles. The latest, the most suitable for the drop in temperature, is called “Change”.
This humble piece, accompanied by soft percussion and soft acoustic guitars, details the changes, transitions and contrasts that make up the movement of life. Adrianne Lenker softly sings about the changes in the natural world – the changes in the air, the movement of water, the wrinkles and blemishes that appear on our skin – and then highlights the ultimate change: death. “Death is like a door to a place we’ve never been to before,” she offers thoughtfully.
“Change” is a poetic exercise to embrace the slyness of life. Death doesn’t have to be the end, and breaking up a relationship doesn’t lessen the impact. Big Thief has a knack for letting his music guide listeners through uncertainty with a gentle hand.
The new single, which you can hear below, also comes with news from their spring tour of North America – check out dates here.