Today, Big Thief share ‘Forgotten Eyes’, the second single and final pre-release taste of their forthcoming album, Two Hands, out 11th October via 4AD / Remote Control Records.
Two Handsis the band’s second album this year, following the May release of U.F.O.F., a universally beloved album which garnered a 9.2 score from Pitchfork, who called it “a true masterpiece of folk music from a band working together at the highest level.” While some have looked on in wonderment at this prolific band’s decision to release two substantial releases in the same year, the decision was, as with every decision the band makes, eminently intentional and deeply considered. Two Hands is a partner to U.F.O.F.In Stereogum’s recent cover story on the band, Adrianne Lenker beautifully describes how the two albums connect and how they differ: “U.F.O.F. is meant to be more focused on the immeasurable, sort of suspended ethereal playing with textures and colours and layering in the production, staring into the abyss. And Two Hands is more the micro, zooming into the blood and tissue and guts of being a human, the raw, bare, naked bones, not much layering, capturing just our performances in the room, just very dry, no reverbs, just skin and flesh and human, finite, physical. But I think each of them contains parts of the others.”
A visceral and emotionally raw song, ‘Forgotten Eyes’ is a lyrical wonder and song of immense compassion, a reminder to care for those around us that others have forgotten.