Hear Big Thief’s assertive new single “Cattails”

The second offering from the band’s new record U.F.O.F. has landed.

April 03, 2019
Hear Big Thief’s assertive new single “Cattails” Michael Buisha

At the top of next month, Big Thief will release their third studio LP and 4AD debut, U.F.O.F. (Unidentified Flying Object Friend). The band's already sketched a bit of the album's overarching concept with its celestial title track. Their newest song "Cattails" feels a bit more rooted in this atmosphere, in that the galvanic stride Adrianne Lenker and drummer James Krivchenia reach is an entirely human one. In a press release, Lenker told the story of how the song came together:

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"'Cattails' came about while we were at the studio in Washington in the pine forest. Writing it was just one of those electric multicolored waves of connectivity just sweeping through my body. I stayed up late finishing the song and the next morning was stomping around playing it over and over again. We thought why not just record it, so James sat at the drums and we practiced and by the time we’d finished practicing, Dom Monks - our engineer - had already sneakily set up mics and recorded it. It was beautiful that he’d captured it right away because when James and I were playing it felt like a little portal in the fabric had opened and we were just flying. Listening back to it makes me cry sometimes."

Later this month, Big Thief will hit the road for a lengthy tour behind the new record. Hear "Cattails," and check out all of the upcoming dates, below. U.F.O.F. is out May 3 via 4AD.

Big Thief 2019 Tour:
Sat. Apr. 20 - San Diego, CA @ Irenic
Thu. May 2 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Fri. May 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theater (SOLD OUT)
Sun. May 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (SOLD OUT)
Sat. May 18 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club (SOLD OUT)
Sun. May 19 - Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Tues. May 21 - Dublin, IR @ Vicar Street
Wed. May 22 - Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
Thu. May 23 - London, UK @ Roundhouse
Fri. May 24 - Bristol, UK @ SWX
Sun. May 26 - Cambridge, UK @ Cambridge Junction
Mon. May 27 - Paris, FR @ Trabendo
Tue. May 28 - Brussels, BE @ Orangerie
Thu. May 30 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Fri. May 31 - Nîmes, FR @ This Is Not a Love Song Festival
Sun. June 2 - Amsterdam, NL @ Best Kept Secret
Mon. June 3-6 - Marina Di Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew Festival
Mon. June 3 - Berlin, DE @ Lido
Tue. June 4 - Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
Sat. June 8 - Porto, PT @ NOS Privaera Sound
Tue. August 6-10 - Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
Thu. August 8 - Copenhagen, DK @ Lille Vega
Thu. August 15-18 - Wales, UK @ Green Man Festival
Fri. August 16 - Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
Thu. Oct. 10 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Fri. Oct. 11 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sat. Oct. 12 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Sun. Oct. 13 - Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
Tue. Oct. 15 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Wed. Oct. 16 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Thu. Oct. 17 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Fri. Oct. 18 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sat. Oct. 19 - Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
Mon. Oct. 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Thu. Oct. 24 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Fri. Oct. 25 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Sat. Oct. 26 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Mon. Oct. 28 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Wed. Oct. 30 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Fri. Nov. 1 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Sat. Nov. 2 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
Mon. Nov. 4 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre
Tue. Nov. 5 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Thu. Nov. 7 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Fri. Nov. 8 - Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
Sat. Nov. 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sun. Nov. 10 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Mon. Nov. 11 - Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre

Hear Big Thief’s assertive new single “Cattails”