Big Thief

Big Thief

The Range Of Light Wilderness

Sat, October 20, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

First Unitarian Church

Philadelphia, PA

$18.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

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Big Thief
Big Thief
The trails that Brooklyn’s Big Thief—Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums)—take us down on Capacity, the band’s highly anticipated second record, are overgrown with the wilderness of pumping souls.

After last year’s stunning Masterpiece, Capacity was recorded in a snowy winter nest in upstate New York at Outlier Studio with producer Andrew Sarlo. The album jumps right into lives marked up and nipped in surprisingly swift fashion. They are peopled and unpeopled, spooked and soothed, regenerating back into a state where they can once again be vulnerable. Lenker’s songs introduce us to a gallery of multifacted women and deal with the complicated matters of identity — at once dangerous and curious, though never unbelievable. Lenker shows us the gentle side of being ripped open. Tricked into love, done in and then witnessing the second act of pulling oneself back together to prepare for it to all happen again, but this time to a sturdier soul, one who is going to take the punches better than ever before and deal some jabs and roundhouses of their own.

The album is thick with raw, un-doctored beauty: most of the songs on Capacity were played for the first time in the studio and were recorded the same day. “There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” Lenker explains. “The songs search for a deeper level of self-acceptance, to embrace the world within and without. I think Masterpiece began that process, as a reaction from inside the pain, whereas I feel Capacity examines the pain from the outside.”
The Range Of Light Wilderness
The Range of Light Wilderness makes you think that the old old beach blanket in your trunk might actually be a magic carpet. Roll it out and go for a sandy ride in the sky. There's plenty of magic to spare in the world created on the outfit's beguiling debut full-length. Refracting the full crystalline spectrum of psychedelic pop, The Range Of Light Wilderness delivers tunes that are profound and danceable, hushed and arresting, fresh and timeless.

These analog recordings were painstakingly constructed over the course of several years by principal songwriter Thomas Frank McDonald (guitar, synths & lead vocals) at home in Big Sur, California - where he lives on a high ridge top, in the center of the sunset. The three-piece is rounded out with contributions from Jessi Campbell (drums & vocals) and Nick Aives (bass & vocals). Varying from the most shimmery, hi-fi numbers to transcendently warbly, one-mic tape sessions, the collection of songs on The Range Light Of Wilderness transmits sun-drenched richness.

Written and recorded on the vibrant coast of Big Sur, there are moments when you may feel transported to its expansive, sparkling ocean-scape and rolling, dry grassy hills - but these are songs as much for a party on a rooftop as they are for a party on a mountaintop. As the band name implies, The Range of Light Wilderness creates a bright vibration, crafting songs as welcome as the sunlight that surrounds us wherever we roam.
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
http://www.philauu.org/