Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker Drops Devastating ‘Sadness As a Gift’


If you felt a bit shattered by Adrianne Lenker‘s “Ruined,” you might not want to click play on her new single below. “Sadness As a Gift” is off her upcoming album Bright Future, out March 22 via 4AD.

The track is raw and intimate, featuring Lenker’s voice alongside a cozy violin. “Leaning on the windowsill/You could write me someday and I bet you will,” she sings. “We could see the sadness as a gift and still.”

Bright Future, produced by Lenker’s frequent collaborator Philip Weinrobe, was recorded with Nick Hakim, Mat Davidson, and Josefin Runsteen — three musicians who had never worked together. “I had no idea what the outcome would be,” Lenker said in a statement. “It was magical. I think the thing these people have in common, they are some of the best listeners I know musically. They have extreme presence.”

“It felt like everyone’s nervous systems released,” she added. “Once we were IN the song, somehow we just knew. No one stopped a take. We didn’t listen back. I only listened after everybody else left.”

Bright Future follows Songs and Instrumentals, released in the fall of 2020. Lenker will tour behind the album, embarking on a U.S. trek this summer. Dates are below; tickets go on sale Friday.

Bright Future Track List
1. “Real House”
2. “Sadness As a Gift”
3. “Fool”
4. “No Machine”
5. “Free Treasure”
6. “Vampire Empire”
7. “Evol”
8. “Candleflame”
9. “Already Lost”
10. “Cell Phone Says”
11. “Donut Seam”
12. “Ruined”

Adrianne Lenker Tour Dates
June 9 – Austin, TX @ The Paramount Theatre
June 10 – Austin, TX @ The Paramount Theatre
June 12 – Albuquerque, NM @ KiMO Theatre
June 13 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
June 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
June 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
June 17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
June 20 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
June 21 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
June 22 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
June 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
June 26 – Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
June 28 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
June 29 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
June 11 – Northampton, MA @ Academy Of Music Theatre
June 12 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Nov. 13 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Nov. 15 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia
Nov. 16 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Nov. 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Nov. 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
Nov. 22 – Durham, NC @ TBA
Nov. 23 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Nov. 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov. 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer


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