Big Thief Announce Sophomore Album Capacity, Share Gorgeous "Mythological Beauty" Video

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Big Thief Announce Sophomore Album <i>Capacity</i>, Share Gorgeous "Mythological Beauty" Video

Big Thief made a Masterpiece last year, and they’re coming back for more in 2017.

The Adrianne Lenker-led indie-rock outfit have announced their sophomore record, Capacity, due out June 9 on Saddle Creek, and shared its aptly named lead single and video, “Mythological Beauty.” The new single will also be made available on Record Store Day, April 22, as a 7” vinyl, along with non-album track “Breathe in My Lungs.”

“There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on [Capacity],” says singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Lenker. “The songs search for a deeper level of self-acceptance, to embrace the world within and without. I think Masterpiece began that process, as a first reaction from inside the pain, and Capacity continues that examination with a wider perspective.”

Directed by Vanessa Haddad and lensed by Adam Gundersheimer, the “Mythological Beauty” video features a cameo appearance from Lenker’s mother, who appeared prominently on the Masterpiece cover. “There is a child inside you who’s trying to raise a child in me,” Lenker sings over a gorgeous coil of chiming guitars. The clip evokes a far gentler The Revenant, as Lenker ushers a sickly man (played by singer and guitarist Buck Meek) through the wilderness.

Watch the “Mythological Beauty” video below, plus Paste Cloud footage from Big Thief’s 2016 Daytrotter Session beneath that, and still further down, find Capacity’s tracklist and album art, along with Big Thief’s newly expanded tour slate. You can preorder their new album here, and read Paste’s Best of What’s Next write-up on the band here.

Capacity Tracklist:
01. Pretty Things
02. Shark Smile
03. Capacity
04. Watering
05. Coma
06. Great White Shark
07. Mythological Beauty
08. Objects
09. Haley
10. Mary
11. Black Diamonds

Capacity Album Art:

Big Thief Capacity Art.jpg

Big Thief Tour Dates:

April
27 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd w/ Twain, Infinity Crush

May
05-07 – Winooski, Vt. @ Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival
31 – Royal Oak, Mich. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre w/ Conor Oberst 

June
01 – Nelsonville, Ohio @ Nelsonville Art & Music Festival
02 – Richmond, Va. @ Friday Cheers at Brown’s Island w/ Conor Oberst 
03 – Norfolk, Va. @ The NorVa w/ Conor Oberst 
04 – Wilmington, N.C. @ The Throne Theater w/ Conor Oberst 
06 – Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar *
07 – Lancaster, Pa. @ Arcade Lancaster *
09 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Rough Trade NYC *
22 – Kingston, N.Y. @ BSP Kingston *
23-25 – North Adams, Mass. @ Solid Sound Festival
27 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B. *
28 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern *
29 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Traif MusicHall *
30 – Toledo, Ohio @ Ottawa Tavern *

July
01 – Kalamazoo, Mich. @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe *
02 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Summerfest *
03 – Madison, Wis. @ High Noon Saloon *
05 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Cedar Cultural Center *
06-09 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
10 – Fargo, N.D. @ The Aquarium *
11 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Vaudeville Mews *
12 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Old Rock House *
13 – Omaha, Neb. @ The Waiting Room – Outside w/ Conor Oberst *
14 – Springfield, Mo. @ Gillioz Theatre w/ Conor Oberst *
14-16 – Louisville Ky. @ Forecastle Festival
17 – Chicago, Ill. @ Millennium Park w/ Overcoats *
20 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Celebrate Brooklyn! w/ Conor Oberst, Hop Along
21-23 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ FYF Festival
28 – Newport, R.I. @ Newport Folk Festival 
29 – Boston, Mass. @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion w/ The Head and the Heart

August
03-06 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon Festival
08 – Seattle, Wash. @ Paramount Theatre w/ Belle and Sebastian 
12 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Way Out West Festival *
14 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Rivierenhof Theater w/ Conor Oberst, M. Ward *
15 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Batchkapp w/ Conor Oberst *
16 – Erlangen, Germany @ E-Werk w/ Conor Oberst *
17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg w/ Conor Oberst *
18 – London, U.K. @ Koko w/ Conor Oberst *
19 – Brecon Beacons, U.K. @ Green Man Festival *
20 – Stirling, U.K. @ Doune the Rabbit Hole *
21 – Liverpool, U.K. @ Academy w/ Conor Oberst *
22 – Glasgow, U.K. @ ABC w/ Conor Oberst *

(* = Newly announced)

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