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Their second album of 2019 and perhaps their most potent statement yet, Two Hands sees New York’s Big Thief deliver an urgent global message. Gary Walker goes into the mountains to meet a band who’ve found a home on the road

I want to learn how to articulate my own fear, frustration, anger, bewilderment, fascination, curiosity… I feel like I’m getting closer to something. I can imagine singing these songs when I’m 70

Big Thief at this year’s Green Man festival, withAdrianne wigging out

Please wake up. Cradled in the protective embrace of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Big Thief are delivering their sermon. Withthe Brecon Beacons sky melting slowly from deep azure to salmon pink high above the stage, the New York band take just three words of their much-anticipated set at Green Man festival to signal the urgent rallying cry at the heart of new album, Two Hands.

Following only five months after the record described by the band as its “celestial twin”, U.F.O.F., and their fourthalbum in as many years, Two Hands is unquestionably, overtly concerned withthe shameful mess the human race has made of the planet we call home, the unabated assault man has wrought upon mother nature.

And Big Thief are here to talk about it. Marching onstage, Adrianne Lenker leading the way in black mesh top, neon wig and pencilled-on moustache, they set about their task withfervent resolve. Those first three words of opening song Shoulder introduce a heartfelt plea for humanity to emerge from the desensitised inertia which sees us sleepwalking towards oblivion as forests burn, ice caps melt and all the while big, egotistical men count their money and jostle for power.

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