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Big Thief - 'Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You' Out Now
Big Thief : 'Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You' Out Now
10th February 2022

Today, Big Thief release their highly-anticipated double album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You.

 "A 20-song epic of kaleidoscopic invention, striking beauty, and wigged-out humor, rambling far beyond the bounds of their previous work."
Pitchfork (9.0 - Best New Music)
"In a market saturated with arty folk rockers, Big Thief stand out not by doing things weirder, but by doing them better."
The Independent *****
"This band can do anything." - The Evening Standard *****
"Stunning." - The Sun *****
"Instantly satisfying, but its charms and mysteries will resound for years."
Uncut (9/10)
"A towering achievement of music… a truly talismanc record that will live long in the memory for any who experience it."
Clash (9/10)
"With Dragon… we glimpse Big Thief's magic in action… it's a lived experience, open-hearted and spontaneous, that pushes the boundaries of what the four, between them, can create."
Loud And Quiet (9/10) 
"This is unfussy music born of friendship, conviviality, good times. And it is utterly charming."
The Times **** (Album of the Week)
"An amorphous, stylistically diverse record you must savour and digest slowly… an album of admirable ambition and a mantra worth repeating until its mysteries are revealed.”
Mojo ****
"Plenty to fall in love with." - The i Paper ****
"Music seems to pour out of them." - NME ****
"A rewarding listen." - Daily Express ****
"A double album can be daunting but you're in safe hands with Big Thief."
Record Collector ****
"As sonic adventurers, as a collective organism, as vessels for a range of piercing emotions, Big Thief have never been more exciting. Somehow, their double album is their best, most consistently engaging album yet."
"It solidifies Adrianne Lenker’s place as one of the greatest songwriters to emerge in the last five years.” - Paste
It's a universe all its own, clarified a bit more with every listen."

Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You will be available on standard black vinyl, recycled vinyl* (indie record stores & 4AD/Big Thief webstores), green vinyl (Vinyl Me Please), CD and cassette tape.

*Please note due to the nature of eco vinyl, colours may vary*

+ Buy via the 4AD Store here +
European customers can also pick up limited album and t-shirt bundles whilst stocks last

+ Buy on green vinyl via VMP here +
Buy on recycled vinyl here +
Buy and stream on all platforms here +

In celebration of release day, Big Thief also unveil a charming video for one of its tracks, 'Red Moon.' 

In order to bring in some new energy, they invited long-time friend Mat Davidson of Twain to join in on one of the DNWMIBIY recording sessions, specifically, the one that took place with Scott McMicken in his home studio in Tucson, AZ. This was the first time that Big Thief had ever brought in a 5th instrumentalist for such a significant contribution. His fiddle and vocals weave a heavy presence, notably on single 'Spud Infinity' and the smokin', upbeat roadhouse celebration “Red Moon.” The video - filmed by Adrianne’s brother Noah Lenker -  captures the live take that eventually ended up on the album, placing the viewer literally right in the middle of the action.

Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You is a sprawling double-LP exploring the deepest elements and possibilities of Big Thief. To truly dig into all that the music of Adrianne Lenker, Max Oleartchik, Buck Meek, and James Krivchenia desired in 2020, the band decided to write and record a rambling account of growth as individuals, musicians, and chosen family over 4 distinct recording sessions.  In Upstate New York, Topanga Canyon, The Rocky Mountains, and Tucson, Arizona, Big Thief spent 5 months in creation and came out with 45 completed songs.  The most resonant of this material was edited down into the 20 tracks that make up DNWMIBIY, a fluid and adventurous listen.  The album was produced by drummer James Krivchenia who initially pitched the recording concept for DNWMIBIY back in late 2019 with the goal of encapsulating the many different aspects of Adrianne’s songwriting and the band onto a single record.

In an attempt to ease back into life as Big Thief after a long stretch of Covid-19 related isolation, the band met up for their first session in the woods of upstate New York.  They started the process at Sam Evian’s Flying Cloud Recordings, recording on an 8-track tape machine with Evian at the knobs.  It took a while for the band to realign and for the first week of working in the studio, nothing felt right.  After a few un-inspired takes the band decided to take an ice-cold dip in the creek behind the house before running back to record in wet swimsuits.  That cool water blessing stayed with Big Thief through the rest of the summer and many more intuitive, recording rituals followed.  It was here that the band procured 'Certainty' and 'Sparrow.'

For the next session in Topanga Canyon, California, the band intended to explore their bombastic desires and lay down some sonic revelry in the experimental soundscape-friendly hands of engineer Shawn Everett.  Several of the songs from this session lyrically explore the areas of Lenker’s thought process that she describes as “unabashedly as psychedelic as I naturally think,” including 'Little Things,' which came out of this session.  The prepared acoustic guitars and huge stomp beat of today’s 'Time Escaping' create a matching, otherworldly backdrop for the subconscious dream of timeless, infinite mystery.  When her puppy Oso ran into the vocal booth during the final take of the song, Adrianne looked down and spoke “It’s Music!” to explain in the best terms possible the reality of what was going on to the confused dog. “It’s Music Oso!

The third session, high in the Colorado Rockies, was set up to be a more traditional Big Thief recording experience, working with UFOF and Two Hands engineer Dom Monks.  Monks' attentiveness to song energies and reverence for the first take has become a huge part of the magic of Thief’s recent output.  One afternoon in the castle-like studio, the band was running through a brand new song 'Change' for the first time.  Right when they thought it might be time to do a take, Monks came out of the booth to let them know that he’d captured the practice and it was perfect as it was. 

The final session, in hot-as-heaven Tucson, Arizona, took place in the home studio of Scott McMicken.  The several months of recording had caught up to Big Thief at this point so, in order to bring in some new energy, they invited long-time friend Mat Davidson of Twain to join.  This was the first time that Big Thief had ever brought in a 5th instrumentalist for such a significant contribution.  His fiddle, and vocals weave a heavy presence throughout the Tucson tracks.  If the album's main through-line is its free-play, anything-is-possible energy, then this environment was the perfect spot to conclude its creation — filling the messy living room with laughter, letting the fire blaze in the backyard, and ripping spontaneous, extended jams as trains whistled outside.

All four of these sessions, in their varied states of fidelity, style, and mood, when viewed together as one album seem to stand for a more honest, zoomed-out picture of lived experience than would be possible on a traditional, 12 song record.  This was exactly what the band hoped would be the outcome of this kind of massive experiment.  When Max’s mom asked on a phone call what it feels like to be back together with the band playing music for the first time in a year, he described to the best of abilities: “Well it’s like, we’re a band, we talk, we have different dynamics, we do the breaths, and then we go on stage and suddenly it feels like we are now on a dragon.  And we can’t really talk because we have to steer this dragon.

The attempt to capture something deeper, wider, and full of mystery, points to the inherent spirit of Big Thief.  Traces of this open-hearted, non-dogmatic faith can be felt through previous albums, but here on Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You lives the strongest testament to its existence.

Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

1. Change
2. Time Escaping
3. Spud Infinity
4. Certainty
5. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
6. Sparrow
7. Little Things
8. Heavy Bend
9. Flower of Blood
10. Blurred View
11. Red Moon
12. Dried Roses
13. No Reason
14. Wake Me up to Drive
15. Promise Is a Pendulum
16. 12,000 Lines 
17. Simulation Swarm
18. Love Love Love
19. The Only Place
20. Blue Lightning

Big Thief 2022 Tour Dates

31st - L’Aéronef, Lille, France

24th - Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
25th - Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK [SOLD OUT]
26th - The National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland  [SOLD OUT]
27th - O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol, UK [SOLD OUT]

2nd - 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK [SOLD OUT]
3rd - 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK [SOLD OUT]
4th - 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK [SOLD OUT] 
5th - 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK 

12th - State Theatre, Ithaca NY, US
13th - Roadrunner, Boston MA, US
15th - Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY, US
16th - Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY, US  [SOLD OUT]
18th - L’Olympia, Montreal QE, Canada
19th - Massey Hall, Toronto ON, Canada
21st - The Anthem, Washington DC, US
22nd - Agora Ballroom, Cleveland OH, US
23rd - Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI, US
25th - Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL, US
26th - The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI, US
27th - Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN, US
29th - Ogden Theatre, Denver CO, US
30th - Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City UT, US  [SOLD OUT]

2nd - Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA, US
3rd - Roseland Theater, Portland OR, US
4th - Roseland Theater, Portland OR, US
7th - Fox Theatre, Oakland CA, US
10th - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles CA, US
11th - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles CA, US
12th - Observatory North Park, San Diego CA, US
14th - Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA, US [SOLD OUT]
15th - Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA, US [SOLD OUT]

5th - La Cigale, Paris, France
6th - La Cigale, Paris, France 
7th - Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, France
8th - Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France
9th - Primavera Sound 2022, Barcelona, Spain
11th - Best Kept Secret 2022,  Rotterdam,  The Netherlands
12th - Tempelhof Sounds, Berlin, Germany
13th - VEGA, Copenhagen, Denmark [SOLD OUT]
14th - Filadelfia, Stockholm, Sweden
16th - Sideways 2022, Helsinki,Finland 
18th - Mablis Festival 2022, Stavanger, Norway 
19th - Kulturhuset i Bergen, Bergen, Norway 
20th - Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway
21st - Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden
23rd - Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
27th - Tivoli Vredgenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands [SOLD OUT]
28th - Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium

1st - Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany 
4th - Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany