Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker announces new solo albums

New solo material from the singer-songwriter after her band’s prolific 2019.

Adrianne Lenker of indie band Big Thief has announced not one but two solo albums out next month. She’s also released the new song “Anything.”

The intimate song, distinguished by Lenker’s fingerpicking and also swishing across her guitar strings with a paintbrush, is a taste of the 11-track album Songs, which will be accompanied by a two-track counterpart, Instrumentals. Both came together in a one-room cabin in the mountains of western Massachusetts, where Lenker worked only with engineer Philip Weinrobe.

“I had a handful of songs that I was planning on recording, but by the time Phil arrived I was on a whole new level of heartsick and the songs were flying through my ears,” Lenker recalled in a statement. “I was basically lying in the dirt half the time. We went with the flow. A lot of the focus was on getting nourishment from our meals. We cooked directly on the woodstove, and we went on walks to the creek every day to bathe.

“I’m grateful that this music has come into existence. These songs have helped me heal. I hope that at least in some small way this music can be a friend to you.”

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Both albums, out October 23, will be the follow-up to Lenker’s 2018 solo record Abysskiss. Last year, she released two full-lengths with Big Thief, UFOF and Two Hands.

Listen to “Anything” below:

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