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Big Thief release laid-back new single ‘Change’

The band have also announced dates for their 2022 North American tour

By Grace Almond

The members of Big Thief pose for a laid-back photo
Big Thief have released a cosy new single, as well as the dates for their 2022 US Tour. Source: Josh Goleman/Press

Big Thief have released their latest track, ‘Change’, a dreamy, autumnal cut, alongside the dates for the band’s 2022 North American tour. 

Following recent singles ‘Little Things’, ‘Sparrow’ and ‘Certainty’, their latest release revolves around the theme of change, and embracing it in all its forms, with lead vocalist Adrianne Lenker singing “Change, like the wind, like the water, like skin/ Change, like the sky, like the leaves, like a butterfly/ Would you live forever, never die/ While everything around passes?”.

‘Change’ sees a shift in Big Thief’s sound to more mellow feel, with a more intimate tone. It’s a dreamy, cosy track, filled with subtle harmonies and a country atmosphere. Melancholic lyrics like “Death like a door to a place we’ve never been before/ Death, like space, the deep sea, a suitcase/ Would you stare forever at the sun/ Never watch the moon rising?” help lend the track a bittersweet mood.

The New York City band reportedly previewed the song at their set for Pitchfork Music Festival last month, where they also debuted another upcoming track, ‘Dragon’.

Big Thief are set to release their next album, and hinted it could be a mammoth release

“We accumulated so many songs that we loved, maybe about 50,” Lenker told Mojo. “Twenty could be whittled down to 12, but not 50.”

Lenker continued: “I’ve noticed that a lot of this record is more uplifting and hopeful,” Lenker added. “Which is funny, given the time we’re in. And there’s more acceptance of the self and of the while paradigm we’re in. The mysteries of humanity and how it’s all unfolding. I’ll probably be writing about that until I die!”.

Earlier this year, guitarist Buck Meek revealed that their new album was “pretty much done”, describing lockdown as “a well-needed respite”.

Big Thief’s UK and European tour will start in January 2022, where they are due to play three nights at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The release of ‘Change’ coincides with the news of their upcoming North American Tour in 2022, where they will perform in cities across the US between April and May. Tickets will go on general sale this Friday (Oct.8).