Isn’t it great and awfully convenient when a song is so aptly titled? Big Thief, a four piece out of Brooklyn, are making their mark with their first single since announcing their signing to Omaha-based label Saddle Creek. “Masterpiece” is, well, a slow-burning masterpiece that brims with emotional vigor, fueled by Adrianne Lenker’s gritty, lilted vocals. The accompanying video riffs on this emotional component, but with added fun and games that show an alternate side of the band.
The video starts by revealing their vibrant and goofy personality right off the bat: They’re sitting around a table, exchanging fake telegrams via phone chargers and sugar shakers. Later, they vacuum a field and each other. But the shots where they’re sitting in their van is where they truly capture the nostalgic essence of the song. Their guitars are crunchy and bombastic with a beating heart to match. I sense some might compare them to Saddle Creek fellow Hop Along, but don’t let that comparison detract from their own artistic merits that they wear proudly on their sleeves. You can watch below.