Big Thief – Mythological Beauty

Today, Big Thief have announced their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Capacity, will be released on June 9 via Saddle Creek, and shared the stunning video to the first single, Mythological Beauty.

The trails that the band takes us down on Capacity are overgrown with a wilderness of souls. These are carnivorous stories, with pangs of sadness and joy. Singer and guitarist Adrianne Lenker shows us the gentle side of being ripped open, and then recounts the second act of pulling oneself back together to prepare for it all to happen again.

“There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” reveals 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.”

The first song to be shared (which will also be available on Record Store Day as a 7″ b/w non-album track Breathe in My Lungs) is the utterly captivating and semi-autobiographical Mythological Beauty. Watch the video below.

Capacity is out June 9 on Saddle Creek. Pre-order here.

Beach Fossils – Saint Ivy

Last month, Beach Fossils announced their new album Somersault will be released on June 2 via Bayonet Records, and shared the first single, This Year.

Today, they’re back with another new single titled Saint Ivy. It’s unlike any previous Beach Fossils’ material prominently featuring piano, strings and flute and politically charged lyrics ripe for these times.

Accompanying the single release is a striking video directed by Joey Chriqui and Milah Libin (Princess Nokia “Tomboy”). The video pays homage to New York City artists. The featured dancers have all grown up through the NYC school system. Merrie Cherry is a Brooklyn-based drag queen. The directors and the band themselves are all based in NYC as well.

Directors Chriqui and Libin comment on the video, “In uncertain times, we turn to New York City as a reassuring look into the true diversity of this country. We set out to create a vision of NYC that demonstrates a more honest and nuanced understanding of what it means to live here. This video represents the less visible places and characters that exist in beautiful harmony both in this city, and in America.”

Beach Fossils’ new album Somersault is out June 2 on Bayonet Records. Pre-order here.

Somersault | Tracklisting:

1. This Year
2. Tangerine (feat. Rachel Goswell)
3. Saint Ivy
4. May 1st
5. Rise (feat. Cities Aviv)
6. Sugar
7. Closer Everywhere
8. Social Jetlag
9. Down The Line
10. Be Nothing
11. That’s All For Now