Daily Distraction: Listen to a new song from Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker

Joel Oliphint
Adrianne Lenker

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker made good use of her pandemic quarantine.

At this point, it's a bit of a cliche to retreat to a cabin for sequestered songwriting sessions, but that's what Lenker did, writing and recording a new batch of songs in the mountains of western Massachusetts. And while the idea may be literal Onion fodder, judging by new song "Anything," the creative escape worked like a charm for Lenker, who will release two new albums, songs and instrumentals, on Oct. 23 via 4AD. 

“I grew really connected to the space itself. ... The one-room cabin felt like the inside of an acoustic guitar — it was such a joy to hear the notes reverberate in the space," Lenker said in a press release. “I was basically lying in the dirt half the time. We went with the flow. A lot of the focus was on getting nourishment from our meals. We cooked directly on the wood stove, and we went on walks to the creek every day to bathe. I’m grateful that this music has come into existence. These songs have helped me heal. I hope that at least in some small way this music can be a friend to you.”

Listen to "Anything" below (h/t Stereogum), and while you're at it, revisit our 2019 interview with Big Thief drummer James Krivchenia, who has a family connection to Columbus.