Some artists make you believe again that guitar-based music has plenty of unexplored depths still to explore. Take Big Thief’s heart-rending symbiosis of wiry indie rock and rootsy folk. Like a tightrope dancer skipping above a dangerous gorge, Adrianne Lenker’s velveteen voice tends to both captivate and unsettle with piercing fortitude, escorting the listener through life’s most candid chapters. Big Thief’s undercutting tension becomes even more palpable on stage.
It’s a rare quality in pop music to have: Radiohead and Elliott Smith definitely come to mind, but the same goes for Big Thief from Minneapolis.