Big Thief are back with two new singles: “Little Things” and “Sparrow.” Drummer James Krivchenia produced both tracks.
“Little Things” sees Big Thief exploring new sonic territory entirely. The band recorded the single with Shawn Everett at Five Star Studios in Topanga, CA. Serving as possibly their most driven, propulsive song to date, “Little Things” sees Big Thief singing of uncertainty. Throughout the track, frontwoman Adrianne Lenker reaches out to a nameless lover, with lyrics like, “Maybe I’m a little obsessed. / Maybe you do use me.”
“It’s in this sort of evolving free time signature where the beat is always changing,” Krivchenia explains. “So Max [Oleartchik, bassist] and I were just flowing with it and guessint where the downbeats were – which gives the groove a really cool light feeling.”
Listen to “Little Things” below.
“Sparrow,” on the other hand, was recorded later in the year in July and August of 2020 with Sam Evian at Flying Cloud Recordings. This tune is much more contemplative and poetic than “Little Things. With no chorus, “Sparrow” develops a sort of foreboding feeling that really adds to the tune. Big Thief channel an almost hymnal sound beneath the melancholic instrumentals.
“We all just scattered about the room without headphones, focused and in the music – you could feel that something special was happening,” Krivchenia says of “Sparrow.” “It was a funny instrumentation that had a really cool natural arrangement chemistry – Max on piano, Buck [Meek, guitarist/vocalist] providing this dark ambience, me on floor tom and snare and Adrianne in the middle of it with the acoustic and singing.”
Listen to “Sparrow” below.
Lead photo courtesy of Josh Goleman.