New Release: Big Thief – No Reason & Spud Infinity

Big Thief‘s new album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You, is out 11th February 2022. So far, they’ve released a string of songs that put their inimitable chemistry on display. Now, they have revealed two new singles, ‘No Reason’ and ‘Spud Infinity’.

Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You was recorded in four different sessions, and during the third, in the Colorado Rockies, the band heard someone playing beautifully from a nearby lookout tower. They soon met the person responsible for the sound – musician Richard Hardy, who played on countless records over the past 30 years including several with Carole King. They invited him to sit in on some songs, and his inspired fluting brings a lot of love to the tearfully wholesome track ‘No Reason’.

The second single, ‘Spud Infinity’, is charming, Adrianne Lenker’s lyrics sweet and playful: “When I say infinity I mean now // Kiss the one you are right now // Kiss your body up and down other than your elbows // Cause as for your elbows they’re on their own.” The track features Noah Lenker, Adrianne’s younger brother, on jaw harp, plus Mat Davidson on fiddle.

Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You is a sprawling double-LP exploring the deepest elements and possibilities of Big Thief. To truly dig into all that the music of Adrianne Lenker, Max Oleartchik, Buck Meek, and James Krivchenia desired in 2020, the band decided to write and record a rambling account of growth as individuals, musicians, and chosen family over 4 distinct recording sessions. In Upstate New York, Topanga Canyon, The Rocky Mountains, and Tucson, Arizona, Big Thief spent 5 months in creation and came out with 45 completed songs. The most resonant of this material was edited down into the 20 tracks that make up DNWMIBIY, a fluid and adventurous listen. The album was produced by Krivchenia who initially pitched the recording concept for DNWMIBIY back in late 2019 with the goal of encapsulating the many different aspects of Adrianne’s songwriting and the band onto a single record.

A full list of tour dates can be found below…

31 January – LILLE, FR, Aeronef
1 February – PARIS, FR, La Cigale
4 February – BORDEAUX, FR, Rock School Barbey
5 February – BARCELONA, ES, Sala Apolo
7 February – LYON, FR, Le Transbordeur
8 February – STRASBOURG, FR, La Laiterie
9 February – ZURICH, CH, Kaufleuten
10 February – MUNICH, DE, Muffathalle
12 February – PRAGUE, CZ, MeetFactory
13 February – BERLIN, DE, Huxleys
15 February – COPENHAGEN, DK, VEGA
16 February – HAMBURG, DE, Fabrik
18 February – COLOGNE, DE, Live Music Hall
19 February – BRUSSELS, BE, Cirque Royal
21 February – UTRECHT, NL, Ronda
22 February – GRONINGEN, NL, De Oosterpoort
24 February – MANCHESTER, GB, Manchester Academy 1
25 February – GLASGOW, GB, Barrowland
26 February – DUBLIN, IE, National Stadium
27 February – BRISTOL, GB, O2 Academy Bristol
2 March – LONDON, GB, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
3 March – LONDON, GB, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
4 March – LONDON, GB, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
12 April – ITHACA, NY, State Theatre
16 April – BROOKLYN, NY, Kings Theatre
18 April – MONTREAL, QUE, L’Olympia
19 April – TORONTO, ON, Massey Hall
21 April – WASHINGTON, DC, The Anthem
22 April – CLEVELAND, OH, Agora Ballroom
23 April – ROYAL OAK, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
25 April – CHICAGO, IL, Riviera Theatre
26 April – MILWAUKEE, IL, The Pabst Theater
27 April – ST. PAUL, MN, Palace Theatre
29 April – DENVER, CO, Ogden Theatre
30 April – SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Metro Music Hall
2 May – SEATTLE, WA, Paramount Theatre
3 May – PORTLAND, OR, Roseland Theater
4 May – PORTLAND, OR, Roseland Theater
7 May – OAKLAND, CA, Fox Theatre
10 May – LOS ANGELES, CA, Wiltern Theatre
11 May – LOS ANGELES, CA, Wiltern Theatre
12 May – SAN DIEGO, CA, Observatory North Park
9 June – BARCELONA, ES, Primavera Sound 2022
10-12 June – BERLIN, DE, Tempelhof Sounds