Big Thief

Listen: “Shark Smile”

May 08, 2017

"Shark Smile" is the next song from Capacity, the highly anticipated sophomore album from Big Theif to be released June 9th on Saddle Creek. It follows the first single "Mythological Beauty".

Explains vocalist/guitarist Adrianne Lenker, "'Shark Smile' is the story of a car accident in which one dies and one lives. She recalls her lover leading up to the moment of the wreck, wishing she'd been taken into the next realm, too." The new songs emanate a maturity and refinement that sounds of a group of musicians truly hitting stride. The rolling warmth of bass lines wrapped around muffled snares invites repeated listens. And you surrender to the sweet sadness of Lenker's voice. Check it out here.


Their press release on Pitch Perfect sets up this next chapter for Big Theif best: "Capacity comes just one year after the stunning debut of Masterpiece, which brought Big Thief ever-expanding audiences and critical acclaim...recorded in a snowy winter nest in upstate New York at Outlier Studio with producer Andrew Sarlo, who also produced Masterpiece. Sarlo worked intimately with the band to arrange most of the songs for the first time at the studio"

"In Capacity’s eleven songs, Lenker introduces us to many different women...Lenker’s characters are often spooked and then soothed in a remarkably short amount of time, regenerating back into a state where they can once again be vulnerable. The band breathes with this swell, gasping in synchrony, hyperventilating with volume, and then suddenly the crisis passes and the band exhales with mutual relief."

“There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” Lenker says. “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 first reaction from inside the pain, and ‘Capacity’ continues that examination with a wider perspective.”