New Single 'Simulation Swarm' & Rescheduled EU Tour Dates Big Thief

    Next month, Big Thief will release Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You, the group’s new 20-track double album. Today they share ‘Simulation Swarm’, a previously unreleased track has been a staple and fan favourite of the band’s live shows. The band have also rescheduled their 2022 EU tour, full. dates and info below.

    + Stream ‘Simulation Swarm’ here +

    Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You will be available on standard black vinyl, recycled vinyl* (indie record stores & 4AD/Big Thief webstore), green vinyl (Vinyl Me Please), CD and cassette tape. All pre-orders of the album on the 4AD webstore will be entered into a draw to win a signed DNWMIBIY screen print. 

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

    Pre-order via the 4AD Store here for the chance to win a signed screen print +
    Pre-order on green vinyl via VMP here +
    Pre-order on recycled vinyl here +
    Pre-save and pre-order on all platforms here +

    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
    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
    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

    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]

    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


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