Big Thief Announce ‘Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You’

Big Thief have announced their new album Dragon New Warm Mountain/I Believe In You, will drop on February 11, 2022 via 4AD
Big Thief photo by Alexa Viscius

Big Thief will release their new album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You, on February 11, 2022 via 4AD. Ahead of the release, the band have shared their new single, “Time Escaping.” Say Adrianne Lenker: “One of the things that bonds us together as a band is pure magic. I think we all have the same guide and none of us have ever spoken what it is because we couldn’t name it, but somehow, we are all going for the same thing, and when we hit it… we all know it’s it, but none of us to this day, or maybe ever, will be able to articulate in words what the ‘it’ is. Something about it is magic to me.”

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. 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.

Big Thief
Dragon New Warm Mountain/I Believe In You
4AD

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
31 January – LILLE, FR, L’Aéronef
1 February – PARIS, FR, La Cigale
4 February – BORDEAUX, FR, Rock School Barbey
5 February – BARCELONA, ES, Sala Apolo
7 February – LYON, FR, Le Transbordeur
8 February – STRASBOURG, FR, La Laiterie Artefact
9 February – ZURICH, CH, Kaufleuten
10 February – MUNICH, DE, Cafe Muffathalle
12 February – PRAGUE, CZ, MeetFactory
13 February – BERLIN, DE, Huxleys Neue Welt
15 February – COPENHAGEN, DK, VEGA
16 February – HAMBURG, DE, Fabrik
18 February – COLOGNE, DE, Live Music Hall
19 February – BRUSSELS, BE, Cirque Royal
21 February – UTRECHT, NL, TivoliVredenburg
22 February – GRONINGEN, NL, De Oosterpoort
24 February – MANCHESTER, GB, Manchester Academy 1
25 February – GLASGOW, GB, Barrowland Ballroom
26 February – DUBLIN, IE, The National Stadium
27 February – BRISTOL, GB, O2 Academy Bristol
2 March – LONDON, GB, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
3 March – LONDON, GB, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
4 March – LONDON, GB, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire SOLD OUT

12 April – ITHACA, NY, State Theatre of Ithaca
13 April – BOSTON, MA, Roadrunner
15 April – BROOKLYN, NY, Kings Theatre
16 April – BROOKLYN, NY, Kings Theatre
18 April – MONTREAL, QUE, L’Olympia
19 April – TORONTO, ON, Massey Hall
21 April – WASHINGTON, DC, The Anthem
22 April – CLEVELAND, OH, Agora Theatre
23 April – ROYAL OAK, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
25 April – CHICAGO, IL, Riviera Theatre
26 April – MILWAUKEE, IL, The Pabst Theater
27 April – ST. PAUL, MN, Palace Theatre
29 April – DENVER, CO, Ogden Theatre
30 April – SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Metro Music Hall
2 May – SEATTLE, WA, Paramount Theatre
3 May – PORTLAND, OR, Roseland Theater
4 May – PORTLAND, OR, Roseland Theater
7 May – OAKLAND, CA, Fox Theater
10 May – LOS ANGELES, CA, Wiltern Theatre
11 May – LOS ANGELES, CA, Wiltern Theatre
12 May – SAN DIEGO, CA, Observatory North Park
14 May – PIONEERTOWN, CA, Pappy & Harriet’s SOLD OUT
9 June – BARCELONA, ES, Primavera Sound 2022
12 June – BERLIN, DE, Tempelhof Sounds

Pre-order Dragon New Warm Mountain/I Believe In You HERE