When Big Thief—Brooklyn based indie-rock band comprising of Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia—constructed their latest record, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You, they had no idea the record would be the sprawling, eclectic offering it turned out to be. Dragon has been Big Thief’s most revolutionary work to date, not just thanks to its sheer length (as the record is nearly an hour and a half long), but because of its duality; throughout Dragon, Big Thief is both young and old, cold and warm, paying homage to the roots of folk music while still finding ways to infuse their work with the heart of contemporary rock.
Though there was no hours-long line for Big Thief at Eugene’s intimate McDonald Theater, the venue filled quickly as the band’s opening act—Tucker Zimmerman, a tribute to the world of old folk, acoustic, warm, and gritty—performed. Anticipation for Big Thief to magically appear was beyond palpable as fans pressed into the dimly lit venue.
When nine o’clock rolled around and Big Thief took the stage, it quickly became clear that Dragon is a record best absorbed—absorbed, because experiencing it is a matter far beyond listening—in person.