Big Thief

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Big Thief
Big Thief at the Lexington - 32694587412.jpg
Adrianne Lenker
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Indie rock, folk rock
Years active 2015–present
Labels Saddle Creek
  • Adrianne Lenker
  • Buck Meek
  • Max Oleartchik
  • James Krivchenia
Buck Meek, guitar and vocals
James Krivchenia, percussion
Max Oleartchik, bass

Big Thief is an American indie rock band with folk roots based in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Its members are Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar, backup vocals), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums).[1]

The band's first album, Masterpiece, was released on Saddle Creek Records on May 27, 2016.[2]

On April 4, 2017, Big Thief premiered a new single, "Mythological Beauty," on NPR.[3] The following day, the band released the single's official video and confirmed that the song would appear on their next LP, Capacity. The full album was released on June 9 via Saddle Creek.[4]


The band's first album received generally favorable reviews from critics; it has a rating of 79/100 on Metacritic.[5] Bob Boilen wrote for NPR that Big Thief was "a band bound by great songs," and called the title track of Masterpiece "one of the best songs I've heard this year."[6] Jillian Mapes, writing for Pitchfork Media, gave Masterpiece a rating of 7.7 out of 10 and said that the songs on the album "sound cherry-picked over a lifetime of writing".[7] Robert Christgau described its songs as "Fragile, noisy images of a love perpetually out of reach".[8] Ben Salmon wrote in the Portland Mercury that on the album, Big Thief "alternately sounds like an unearthed field recording ("Little Arrow"), a pop band with a broken heart's pulse ("Vegas"), and a classic, buzzy indie-rock outfit ("Interstate")."[1]


Capacity, the band's second album, received critical acclaim upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from music critics, the album received an average score of 81, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 15 reviews.[9]

Capacity appeared on multiple album-of-the-year lists, including #1 on NPR's "Bob Boilen's Top Ten Album's of 2017".[10] Boilen said, "I don't recall the last time I had the same band in my top five albums for two years in a row. But this year's Capacity (my No. 1 album) and last year's Masterpiece (my No. 4 album) did just that. SPIN named Capacity #2 on their "50 Best Albums of 2017",[11] citing the band's "open engagement with anguish in their bracing songs."


  • Adrianne Lenker – vocals, guitar
  • Buck Meek – guitar
  • Max Oleartchik – bass
  • James Krivchenia – drums

Former members[edit]

  • Jason Burger – drums[12]




  • "Dandelion" (Saddle Creek; 2016)
  • "Masterpiece" (Saddle Creek; 2016)
  • "Mother" (Weathervane Music; 2016)
  • "Mythological Beauty" (Saddle Creek; 2017)
  • "Shark Smile" (Saddle Creek; 2017)
  • "Haley" (Saddle Creek; 2017)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Mythological Beauty" (2017)
  • "Humans" (2016)
  • "Masterpiece" (2016)


  1. ^ a b Salmon, Ben (6 July 2016). "Big Thief's Masterpiece Finds the Right Alchemy". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  2. ^ Weiss, Dan (1 June 2016). "Review: Big Thief Are Halfway to a Low-Strung 'Masterpiece'". Spin. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. ^ "New Mix: Son Lux, Public Service Broadcasting, Big Thief, More". Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  4. ^ "Big Thief Announce New Album Capacity, Share New "Mythological Beauty" Video: Watch | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  5. ^ "Masterpiece". Metacritic. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  6. ^ Boilen, Bob (19 May 2016). "Review: Big Thief, 'Masterpiece'". NPR. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  7. ^ Mapes, Jillian (6 June 2016). "Masterpiece Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (8 July 2016). "Car Seat Headrest, the Julie Ruin, and Drugs". Vice. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  9. ^ Capacity by Big Thief, retrieved 2018-01-18
  10. ^ "Bob Boilen's Top 10 Albums Of 2017". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  11. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2017". Spin. 2017-12-18. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  12. ^ "Masterpiece - Big Thief | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-27.

External links[edit]

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