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Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek (of Big Thief) reissues are out, for the first time ever on vinyl

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Adrianne Lenker
Hours Were the Birds

Adrianne Lenker & Buck Meek 
a-sides and b-sides

Big Thief exploded onto the scene in 2016 with their debut album Masterpiece and quickly cemented their stature with their follow up Capacity just one year later. But prior to all of that, Big Thief’s front-woman Adrianne Lenker had been quietly writing songs for years, both on her own and with Buck Meek.

Thus, on the heels of her most recent solo album, abysskiss, Lenker’s prior work  is now widely available for the first time ever. Adrianne Lenker’s first solo album, Hours Were the Birds, will be available on CD and LP. Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek’s two releases will be available together as a double CD or single LP, simply entitled a-sides and b-sides. This marks the first time that any of these songs will find their way onto vinyl and onto the record store shelf. So, be sure to hit your favorite local record store or click the link above to pick up your copies of these seminal albums.

Adrianne Lenker
Hours Were the Birds

With the release of breakthrough albums Masterpiece and Capacity, Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker has established hers as one of the most powerful voices in music. As Consequence of Sound describes it, “Thanks to the swift ascent of Big Thief, singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker has become one of the most praised indie folk artists of the last five years.”

While her output with Big Thief is what brought her music to the attention of most who hold her in such high regard, Masterpiece is not the beginning of the story. “My first solo record I made was Hours Were the Birds,” Lenker explains. “I moved to New York and, starting from complete scratch, had nothing to show anybody that was representing what I did, other than stuff I made when I was 13. So, I decided I should record a solo album of my songs that I had been accumulating.”

In 2013 Lenker returned to her hometown of Minneapolis and entered Terrarium Studios with producer Rob Oesterlin, where she laid down ten songs on acoustic guitar. “It’s basically just like a live solo show,” Lenker describes, “but with an added twist.” She then enlisted NYC friend Andrew Sarlo to mix the album (he would later produce and mixMasterpiece and engineer, produce and mix Capacity), and on January 24, 2014 Hours Were the Birds was released into the world.

Drenched in beautiful imagery and intimate stories, it is the work of a woman on a journey, conquering new territory with bravery and honesty.

Adrianne Lenker & Buck Meek
a-sides and b-sides

The summer after graduating from Berklee College of Music, Adrianne Lenker moved to New York City. She met Buck Meek the day she moved there, at a corner market called Mr. Kiwi (although, technically they had already played a show together in Boston, so they recognized each other but weren’t sure from where). The two explored the city by bicycle and eventually began to play songs together. “It was one of those friendships that developed extremely fast where suddenly you’re each other’s best friend,” Lenker says.“We hung out every day from the moment we met.”

Meek’s off-kilter, piercing guitar licks and solos are the perfect juxtaposition to bring Lenker’s melodic and stirring vocals and lyrics to fruition. “I guess what struck me as a songwriter then was that her songs all seemed to be really human, and really emotional, and really honest — vulnerable — but at the same time they all somehow had this ineffable quality,” Meek says. “Like, all of that human content was serving as a medium for something beyond.”

Soon they picked up a white conversion van, named her Bonnie, and made touring their whole lives. In 2014, songs crafted on the road were captured on two EPs released under the Buck and Anne moniker: one called a-sides and one called b-sides. Both warm, acoustic affairs.

In the ensuing years, Adrianne and Buck joined with Max Oleartchik and James Krivchenia to form Big Thief, one of the most beloved bands in music today. a-sides and b-sidesprovide an early glimpse at what was soon to come, while standing on their own as documents of a deeply meaningful time in the creative lives of Lenker and Meek.

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Adrianne Lenker

• 2018 solo album from Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker.

• “Adrianne Lenker has shown an incredible gift for pairing tender empathy with raw power.” – NPR

Big Thief
• “Big Thief’s quiet power propels songs of the flesh and soul. These are timeless songs, memorable and momentous.” – Bob Boilen – NPR Music

• Best New Music – 8.3 – Pitchfork

Big Thief
• “Some of the most compelling songs I’ve heard in a long time.” – Sharon Van Etten

• “Great guitars, great lyrics, great melodies! What more could you possibly want?” – Jeff Tweedy


Adrianne Lenker
Tues-Jan-15, London, UK, Union Chapel
Wed-Jan-16, Dublin, IE, The  Button Factory
Thu-Jan-17, Manchester, UK, YES
Sat-Jan-19, Ghent, BE, Charlatan
Sun-Jan-20, Paris, FR, La Maroquinerie
Tue-Jan-22, Amsterdam, NL, Paradiso Tolhuistuin
Wed-Jan-23, Berlin, DE, Baumhausbar
Mon-Feb-04, Los Angeles, CA, Pico Union Project
Tue-Feb-05, Santa Barbara, CA, SOhO
Wed-Feb-06, San Francisco, CA, Swedish American Hall
Thu-Feb-08, Portland, OR, Polaris
Sat-Feb-09, Seattle, WA, The Vera Project
Sun-Feb-10, Portland, OR, The Old Church
Wed-Feb-13, Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair
Thu-Feb-14, Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri-Feb-15, Philadelphia, PA, First Unitarian Church
Sat-Feb-16, Baltimore, MD, Metro Gallery
Mon-Feb-18, Toronto, ON, Longboat Hall
Tue-Feb-19, Grand Rapids, MI, Calvin College
Wed-Feb-20, Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
Thu-Feb-21, Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center
2/4-21 w/ Luke Temple

Buck Meek
Tue-Dec-04, Los Angeles, CA, Zebulon
Buck will also be touring extensively in early 2019 in the US and UK/Europe.

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