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symbol from Adrianne Lenker's abysskiss lp is a lovely languid dee-lite

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by Ancient Champion, for outsideleft.com
originally published: November, 2018
abysskiss won't miss many critical lists...
by Ancient Champion, for outsideleft.com
originally published: November, 2018
abysskiss won't miss many critical lists...

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker's solo album, abysskiss will doubtless and deservedly hit many critical lists as the year winds down and critics pull their trousers back up, having assured themselves that peering into their own ass so far as they can is just what they do, and just what their types do, and well, their list in a world of one billion record releases will be comfortingly, comfortably, relatable because it will contain 85.5% of the titles on the next critical list I turn to with that odd outlier failing, failing to make them look too discerning after all. Lazy useless waste of space soul-sucking fucking self-indulgent bastards. Why do we do it?

But aside from all that, there's something genuinely beguiling and bewitching about Adrianne Lenker's voice, it's intimate it's immediate and it's personal, it's as if you're at one of those terrible parties where someone gets the guitar out. Oh God No you pray paralyzed. But Not Adrianne, she wrests it away, politely and sits quietly back on the sofa, self-possessed, playing and singing, while you throw awed sideways glances.

That's kind of how late night lovely her new single 'symbol' is from abysskiss. Symbol's accompanied by a Martin Parr at Coney Island style family day out video as Adrianne meets various folks on the boardwalk.

Watch the video. Watch the video again, and again, and again and again and again. Buy the exceptional abysskiss album. Don't buy what rocknroll critics are selling.



Don't miss Adrianne Lenker on tour next year...
Jan 15th | London, UK - Union Chapel SOLD OUT
Jan 16th | Dublin, IE - The Button Factory
Jan 17th | Manchester, UK - YES
Jan 19th | Ghent, BE - Charlatan
Jan 20th | Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Jan 22nd | Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Tolhuistuin
Jan 23rd | Berlin, DE - Baumhausbar
Feb 4th | Los Angeles, CA - Pico Union Project
Feb 5th | Santa Barbara, CA - SOhO
Feb 6th | San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
Feb 8th | Portland, OR - Polaris
Feb 9th | Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
Feb 10th | Portland, OR - The Old Church SOLD OUT
Feb 13th | Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
Feb 14th | Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Feb 15th | Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
Feb 16th | Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Feb 18th | Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall
Feb 19th | Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College
Feb 20th | Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Feb 21st | Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center


Adrianne Lenker official website here
abysskiss is available now from saddle creek - a sure sign of quality in these difficult time.
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Ancient Champion only ever communicates with us online so, so much we don't know. Proud Citizen of Nowhere is the response when we ask where you from? We do know the Ancient Champion is releasing a new single each month of 2018. Instrumental music characterised as easy listening for difficult people. And a collection of extremely short stories, Six Stories About Motoring Nowhere as part of the SideCartel's Sextet series. More info at AncientChampion.com

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Jason Lewis' 30 LPs of note for 2018
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  2. Sharing Waves/Shared.Waves - Cool Maritime
  3. Resistance is Futile - Manic Street Preachers
  4. 1,2, Kung Fu - Boy Azooga
  5. Endless Scroll - BODEGA
  6. Hunter - Anna Calvi
  7. Television Themes - Matt Berry
  8. Music for Installations - Brian Eno
  9. The Beatles (AKA The White Album), Super Deluxe Version - The Beatles
  10. Sunshine (Remixed) - Hector Plimmer
  11. Fenfo - Fatoumata Diawara
  12. Songs of Praise - Shame
  13. Goat Girl - Goat Girl
  14. Singularity - Jon Hopkins
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