New Release: Big Thief – Forgotten Eyes

Big Thief have shared ‘Forgotten Eyes’, the second single and final pre-release taste of their new album, Two Hands, out on 11 October.

A visceral and emotionally raw song, ‘Forgotten Eyes’ is a lyrical wonder and song of immense compassion, a reminder to care for those around us that others have forgotten.

Take a listen to the new single below…

Two Hands is the band’s second album this year, following the May release of U.F.O.F. While some have looked on in wonderment at this prolific band’s decision to release two substantial releases in the same year, the decision was, as with every decision the band makes, eminently intentional and deeply considered. Two Hands is a partner to U.F.O.F.

In Stereogum’s recent cover story on the band, Adrianne Lenker beautifully describes how the two albums connect and how they differ: “U.F.O.F. is meant to be more focused on the immeasurable, sort of suspended ethereal playing with textures and colours and layering in the production, staring into the abyss. And Two Hands is more the micro, zooming into the blood and tissue and guts of being a human, the raw, bare, naked bones, not much layering, capturing just our performances in the room, just very dry, no reverbs, just skin and flesh and human, finite, physical. But I think each of them contains parts of the others.”

On 8 October, record stores across the US, Mexico, UK, Ireland and Australia will be throwing Big Thief listening parties. The participating stores are:

End of an Ear, Austin TX
Electric Fetus, Minneapolis, MN
Reckless Records Wicker Park, Chicago IL
Park Ave CDs, Orlando FL
Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY
Sonic Boom, Seattle WA
La Roma Records, Mexico City
Drift, Totnes
Jumbo, Leeds
Monorail, Glasgow
Pie & Vinyl, Southsea
Rough Trade, Bristol
Rough Trade East, London
Rough Trade West, London
Rough Trade, Nottingham
Assai, Edinburgh
Assai, Dundee
Tower, Dublin
Jet Black Cat, Brisbane

Big Thief tour dates as follows…

October 9 – BROOKLYN, NY, Brooklyn Steel
October 10 – NEW YORK, NY, Webster Hall
October 11 – NEW YORK, NY, Webster Hall
October 12 – SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT, Higher Ground
October 13 – BOSTON, MA, Wilbur Theatre
October 15 – MONTREAL, QC, La Tulipe
October 16 – TORONTO, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre
October 17 – DETROIT, MI, Majestic Theatre
October 18 – CHICAGO, IL, Metro
October 19 – MADISON, WI, The Sylvee
October 21 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN, First Avenue
October 24 – PORTLAND, OR, Crystal Ballroom
October 25 – VANCOUVER, BC, Vogue Theatre
October 26 – SEATTLE, WA, Moore Theatre
October 28 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, The Fillmore
October 29 – OAKLAND, CA, Fox Theater
October 30 – SANTA ANA, CA, The Observatory
November 1 – PHOENIX, AZ, Crescent Ballroom
November 2 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Sister
November 4 – AUSTIN, TX, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
November 5 – DALLAS, TX, Trees
November 7 – ATLANTA, GA, Variety Playhouse
November 8 – SAXAPAHAW, NC, Haw River Ballroom
November 9 – PHILADELPHIA, PA, Union Transfer
November 10 – WASHINGTON, DC, 9:30 Club
November 11 – COLUMBUS, OH, The Athenaeum Theatre
February 17 – LISBON, PT, LAV
February 18 – PORTO, PT, Hard Club
February 19 – MADRID, ES, Joy Eslava
February 20 – BARCELONA, ES, La 2 de Apolo
February 22 – BOLOGNA, IT, Locomotiv
February 23 – MILAN, IT, Magnolia
February 24 – LYON, FR, Epicerie Moderne
February 25 – PARIS, FR, Cabaret Sauvage
February 27 – LONDON, GB, Eventim Apollo
February 29 – NOTTINGHAM, GB, Rock City
March 1 – MANCHESTER, GB, Albert Hall
March 2 – GLASGOW, GB, Old Fruitmarket
March 5 – BRUSSELS, BE, AB Ballroom
March 6 – AMSTERDAM, NL, Paradiso
March 7 – COLOGNE, DE, Luxor
March 8 – HAMBURG, DE, Uebel & Gefährlich
March 9 – BERLIN, DE, Astra
March 11 – COPENHAGEN, DK, Vega Main Hall
March 12 – GOTHENBURG, SE, Pustervik
March 13 – STOCKHOLM, SE, Debaser
March 14 – OSLO, NO, Rockefeller
March 15 – AARHUS, DK, Voxhall

For their upcoming North American and European shows, Big Thief will be partnering with Plus1. $1 from every ticket sold in the US will be going to benefit Little Kids Rock and Youth Speaks, while shows in Canada will benefit DANS LA RUE, Sketch, and UNYA. $1 from every ticket sold for the 2020 European dates will be going to benefit Hangarmusik, while the 2020 UK shows will benefit Girls Rock London (GRL!).


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