Music: Big Thief Digs Deeper into Darkness to Find a Brighter Light on ‘Capacity’

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations Big Thief—Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia—plays a folk-influenced take on indie rock centered around Lenker’s intimate songwriting. The group’s second album, Capacity, finds Big Thief’s music focusing more intently on that intimacy.The album’s lead single, “Mythological Beauty,” is quiet and contemplative, recounting a traumatic injury from Lenker’s childhood. She described the song as “a conversation between parent and child; between child and child; the child within the parent and the child within the child; the parent within the child and the parent within the parent.”“Shark Smile” is one of Capacity‘s livelier tracks. Krivchenia’s drums and Oleartchik’s bass create a propulsive rhythm, appropriately so for the song’s highway-set narrative. The song is upbeat and catchy, which belies the darkness of the lyrics. In Lenker’s words, the song is “the story of a car accident in which one dies and one lives. [The narrator] recalls her lover leading up to the moment of the wreck, wishing she’d been taken into the next realm, too.”Though Capacity has many dark moments, it includes brighter ones as well. “Mary,” the album’s second-to-last track, is a beautiful piano- and organ-led ode to Lenker’s friend. Speaking with NPR, she discussed the song: “It’s about childhood being brought to life and reignited after the slush of the teenage years.” Perfectly summing up the song, Lenker added, “That song feels like crying and laughing at the same time. That’s what it feels like to me.”“There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” Lenker notes. The remarkable thing about Capacity is Big Thief’s ability to examine that darkness and find the light through it.Big Thief’s Capacity is out now through Saddle Creek Records and is available to purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and Saddle Creek’s online store.Writer’s Note: In addition to contributing to The Manual, I work at a music promotion company, Distiller Promo, that is currently promoting Capacity. World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

Five women physicists honoured 15 fellowships awarded by UN agency

Fifteen fellowships also went to women research scientists around the world at an award ceremony yesterday in Paris at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).”The Laureates work in the most promising areas of physics: nanoscience or quantum physics,” UNESCO said.”Their research concerns the technologies of semiconductors, measuring atmospheric pollution, the extraction of heavy petroleum trapped underground. It is also the stuff of dreams, such as building a module for the International Space Station on Mars or developing quantum computers that could revolutionize the way we work today.”The five winners of the L’Oréal-UNESCO awards were Zohra Ben Lakhdar of Tunisia, Belita Koiller of Brazil, Myriam P. Sarachik of the United States, Fumiko Yonezawa of Japan and Dominique Langevin of France.Two Nobel Laureates took part in the ceremony, the 1991 winner for physics, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, who presided, and the winner in 1974 for medicine and founding president of the L’Oréal UNESCO awards, Christian de Duve. read more