Adrianne Lenker has spent the last few years as part of Big Thief, appealing to fans of Soccer Mommy and Phoebe Bridgers while headlining around the world. Life on the road can have its challenges, but finding inspiration is not one of them. Constant travel has long been a catalyst for finding new perspective, and symbol, the latest from Adrianne Lenker, gives us just that.

From the close-mic sound of the acoustic guitar, to a Nick Drake style of steady flat-picking, this track cleaves a path directly through the meandering narrative-building of Elliott Smith to the olympic falsetto-lifts of Joni Mitchell. The result is a beautifully resonant and unhurried visit with the inner workings of a creative mind-on-the-run: the melodic footprint of a truly unique and artistic personality.

Counting time as time counts me, the river to the island

Lenker’s supple soprano and hypnotic sense of lyricism weave cryptic images into the ether of those rippling 16th notes, like shadows at the edge of a flame.

Adrianne Lenker will be on tour this year performing as part of Big Thief.

She has been writing songs since she was 10 years old. Her back-story has been well documented in various interviews and profiles for Big Thief over the last few years. This song is featured on our Rainy Day playlist.