Stream: Big Thief release mysterious and enigmatic folk record ‘U.F.O.F.’

A mystical folk noir record that embraces the unknown

The UFO has long stood as a representation of the unknown, and now, Brooklyn-based folk band Big Thief have dropped U.F.O.F., which brings that mystery into Friendship.

The band’s third record sees the silky, haunting voice of Adrianne Lenker backed by folk noir-style instrumentals as she sings prolific, peculiar, and spiritual tales that feel almost transcendent. The expansive, ambient album is backed by blood-curdling ominous wails, complex layers of wandering instrumentals, and eerie lyrics like, “The seasons will bend/ There will soon be proof/ That there is no alien/ Just a system of truth and lies.”

In its essence, the shadowy album traces lyrical vignettes, as it explores the idea of embracing the terrifying state of the unknown rather than shying away from the uncertainty of life. These 12 spacey tracks will take you on a cyclical, yet mystifying trek through the mind of Lenker, who wrote in a statement that, “if the nature of life is change and impermanence, I’d rather be uncomfortable awake in that truth than lost in denial.”

Stream U.F.O.F. below.