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Adrianne Lenker - 'dragon eyes' on The Tonight Show
Adrianne Lenker : 'dragon eyes' on The Tonight Show
12th March 2021

In October 2020, Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker released songs and instrumentals, two of 2020’s most praised and stunning albums. Last night, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform 'dragon eyes', a track from songs.

Lenker’s “raw openness creates strange and thrilling effects” (New Yorker), and her Fallon appearance showcases this.  With only an acoustic guitar, a paintbrush, and her voice, she gives a stark and gripping performance.

Shot at Wild Heart Ranch in Joshua Tree, it was directed by V Haddad and Adam Gundersheimer and its audio was recorded/mixed by Scott Cornish.  This is Lenker’s second solo television performance in addition to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and follows two Grammy nominations for her songwriting with Big Thief (Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song).

Buy/stream songs and instrumentals here +

Praise for songs and instrumentals

"Her songs feel age-old, with haunting serenity. The talent she possesses is something so special and rare. Lenker's songs seem to effortlessly flow out of her." - Loud and Quiet (9/10)
"Spread across two albums that function as one stunning piece of music" - Pitchfork (8.8/10)
“Lenker has produced a folk album which could sit amongst the best from her forebears.” - The Line Of Best Fit (9/10)
"One of the most cohesive, decorous albums of solo acoustic music in recent memory." - DIY (4.5/5)
“A soothing balm.” - NME ****
"Beautiful solo offering, Lenker's most unguarded album yet." - Uncut (8/10)
"A tonic for the soul" - i ****
“It’s quite extraordinary.” The Independent ***** 
“We hear acoustic guitar, her voice, the sound of the cabin and whatever bugs and birds happen to be in the background of the poetic paintings she sings. The intimacy is magnetic.” NPR Music 
“Like Neil Young in the mid-early Seventies, each one of Lenker’s personal peaks, be it 2017’s tour de force Capacity, or 2019’s ethereal U.F.O.F., turns out to be yet another stepping stone towards something revelatory." Rolling Stone
One of her generation’s greatest songwriters” - Pitchfork