Adrianne Lenker sent not one but two Bandcamp updates this morning, announcing the release of two albums! You can already listen to one track, ‘Anything,’ from the first album, simply entitled ‘Songs,’ while the second one is entitled ‘Instrumentals’ and only features two tracks, ‘music for indigo,’ and ‘mostly chimes.’
This is what Adrianne posted on her social media:
After the Big Thief tour was canceled in early March, I drove up to Western Massachusetts, where I was very gratefully able to stay in a small cabin in the Berkshire Mountains just down the trail from my sister. I felt inspired by the way my acoustic guitar sounded in the cabin and wanted to capture the sound. My friend Phil Weinrobe drove up in April and we spent the next month recording. I had a handful of songs that I had been planning to start with, but by the time Phil arrived I was very heartsick and new songs surfaced unexpectedly.
There are two records; they are connected but meant to offer separate experiences. One is called ‘songs’, nine of which were written freshly during the recording session, and the other record is called ‘instrumentals’– which emerged from beginning and closing each day with improvised acoustic guitar. I’d like to think that at any time you need or want, you can put on ‘instrumentals’ and have the sensation like a friend is playing guitar to you softly in the room.
I am very proud of these recordings, though they were born in a time of grief, both personal and as a collective species.
It feels strange to try and pair words with the release of music. I don’t know if there is a graceful way to do it in these times. Please, if this is something that you feel you won’t benefit from, just let it pass away. If you could use some support in the form of songs, give it a spin. These songs have helped me heal. I hope that at least in some small way this music can be a friend to you.
My grandmother, Dianne Lee, painted this beautiful watercolor piece for the album cover and back.
Please continue to advocate for equality in all communities, protest, vote, self-educate, pay attention to and speak up against the injustices that BIPOC face, and spread kindness to the people around you. Thank you for working to create a brighter world.
‘anything’ is an acoustic beauty with Adrianne Lenker’s warm vocals, a soothing and melancholic torrent of guitar loops with goosebumps and her ethereal voice, very much in the vibe of what she has done before. If the melody stays simple and doesn’t reach the creativity of a song like ‘Symbol’ or other ones from her 2018 release ‘abysskiss,’ the lyrics, as always, are purely evocative, they are little capsules of life and intimacy, ‘Mango in your mouth, juice dripping/Shoulder of your shirtsleeve slipping,’ captured with her poetic storytelling, ‘Ordering the stars in Heaven/Hurling salt in the sea/Dragging a new-born mountain/Didn’t you believe in me?’
Here are the tracklists of both albums that will be available on October 23 via 4AD.
songs – disc 1
01) two reverse
04) forwards beckon rebound
05) heavy focus
06) half return
08) zombie girl
09) not a lot, just forever
10) dragon eyes
11) my angel
instrumentals – disc 2
01) music for indigo
02) mostly chimes
Listen to the new single ‘anything’ below.
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