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Adrianne Lenker Steps Into the Abyss

"I get scared of songs disappearing. It's good to record them because I don't have to carry them around anymore," Lenker says.
"I get scared of the songs disappearing," says Adrianne Lenker, lead singer of the band Big Thief.
Adrianne Lenker Source: Photograph by Shervin Lainez

As leader of the indie-rock band Big Thief, Adrianne Lenker has developed a reputation for songwriting that channels big, unwieldy emotions—trauma, grief, desire—into intimate storytelling.

With a haunting new solo album, titled , Lenker is narrowing the arrangements but not the ambition. "[The album] is about very basic things—observing life,” Lenker says, casually. “And birth. And decay. And heartache.

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