Adrianne Lenker

abysskiss

2018

This album was released 9 weeks ago.

78% ±7% 13 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 terminal paradise
2 from
3 womb
4 out of your mind
5 cradle
6 symbol
7 blue and red horses
8 abyss kiss
9 what can you say
10 10 miles
Rating Source
78% 4WIM Rating
90% Drowned in Sound Chiefly responsible for one of the finest records of last year, Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker has established herself as one of the most exciting and intriguing songwriters in recent times.
85% Paste Magazine Big Thief singer Adrianne Lenker excels by tapping into the core of the human soul in the most tender, gentle and vivid way possible and her new solo LP, absysskiss, is no exception.“I want to archive the songs in their original forms every few years,” explains Lenker.
84% GIGsoup The title track follows, and it features these short guitar breaks, with clashing notes, an interesting look at how Adrianne combines peacefulness with discord.
80% The Line of Best Fit
80% DIY Magazine As frontwoman of Big Thief, Adrianne Lenker weaves gorgeous, folky tales, fleshed out by subtle flecks of guitar, bass and drums by her bandmates.
80% Under the Radar Magazine By that standard, Adrianne Lenker is simply performing the same role as all the other singers who've ever picked up a guitar to tell their story.
80% The 405 This relentless activity actually seems to have been advantageous to Lenker in creating abysskiss, as the perpetual motion of her moods is woven into the very fabric of these delicate but powerful songs.
80% The Skinny Pensive but always on the road to somewhere, Adrianne Lenker returns with ten songs deliberately presented almost as naked as they were when she decided they belonged in each other’s company.
80% Loud & Quiet Her debut album, ‘Hours Were the Birds’, was a subtle but vivid collection of discovering New York as the world flew by.
78% Earbuddy The face of Big Thief is Adrianne Lenker, who is putting out a solo album, and that feels like an obvious choice, the same way that Thom Yorke, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Tweedy, and Sadie Dupuis solo albums all felt inevitable.
70% Exclaim! Music Adrianne Lenker abysskiss By Matt Bobkin Published Oct 04, 2018 7 Not enough people talk about how damn prolific Adrianne Lenker is.
70% Soundblab It’s probably safe to say that most people would expect a solo album from Big Thief leader Adrianne Lenker to be a somewhat dour affair.  Mix that with a black and white album cover that has Lenker seriously striding by what looks to be a bleak Scottish tenement building on a dreary afternoon and that would up the ante.  These expectations do pan out to be primarily true on abysskiss, but there is a broader palette of themes and emotions on display here that balance things out.  Coming from a band that keeps things from getting too musically complex, Lenker’s solo songs are unsurprisingly stripped down further to bare bones acoustic or electric guitar with minimal effects.  This leaves her voice and lyrics front and center and given the passage of time since her first solo efforts she displays vocal command fitting her experience.
60% New Musical Express Now five years later, another skin is being shed.”Although not a million miles from the folky sound of Big Thief, Adrianne Lenker’s new solo project achieves a point of difference through delicate composition and her distinctive voice.