On the heels of her most recent solo album, abysskiss, Adrianne Lenker’s prior work will be widely available for the first time on November 16, 2018. Adrianne Lenker's first solo album, Hours Were the Birds, will be available on CD and LP. Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek’s two releases will be available together as a double CD or single LP, simply entitled a-sides and b-sides. This marks the first time that any of these songs will find their way onto vinyl and onto the record store shelf.
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The summer after graduating from Berklee College of Music, Adrianne Lenker moved to New York City. She met Buck Meek the day she moved there, at a corner market called Mr. Kiwi (although, technically they had already played a show together in Boston, so they recognized each other but weren’t sure from where). The two explored the city by bicycle and eventually began to play songs together. "It was one of those friendships that developed extremely fast where suddenly you're each other's best friend," Lenker says. "We hung out every day from the moment we met.”
Meek’s o-kilter, piercing guitar licks and solos are the perfect juxtaposition to bring Lenker’s melodic and stirring vocals and lyrics to fruition. "I guess what struck me as a songwriter then was that her songs all seemed to be really human, and really emotional, and really honest — vulnerable — but at the same time they all somehow had this ineffable quality," Meek says. "Like, all of that human content was serving as a medium for something beyond.” Soon they picked up a white conversion van, named her Bonnie, and made touring their whole lives. In 2014, songs crafted on the road were captured on two EPs released under the Buck and Anne moniker: one called a-sides and one called b-sides. Both warm, acoustic affairs.
In the ensuing years, Adrianne and Buck joined with Max Oleartchik and James Krivchenia to form Big Thief, one of the most beloved bands in music today. a-sides and b-sides provide an early glimpse at what was soon to come, while standing on their own as a documents of a deeply meaningful time in the creative lives of Lenker and Meek.
Release Date: November 16, 2018 (originally released in 2014)
04. Miss Misty
06. Yuki Onna
07. I Still Hear You
09. A Better Time to Meet
11. New York City
12. Ringing Bells