Ep 22 – Big Thief – Dragon, New Warm Mountain … – This Is Not Happening – An Album Of The Month Podcast
Last month we shared our thoughts on Small World by Metronomy, all 9 tracks and 35 minutes worth. This month This Is Not Happening ups the ante with ‘Dragon, New Mountain …’, all 20 tracks and 80 minutes worth. In part 1, we deep dive into the density of Big Thief and Part 2 we play ‘Spin It or Bin It?’ where we judge the tracks that we’ve chosen for this month’s theme.
Part 1 – Album of the Month
This month it’s David’s choice, ‘Dragon, New Mountain …’ by Big Thief. Three of us love Big Thief and have much more than a passing relationship with the band … whilst one of us is a Big Thief virgin. There was SO much written about this album as soon as it came out including a number of 100% reviews. As always, we take a slower, more considered approach to criticism, living with this album for a couple of months and letting it really settle in before we reflect and share our views.
You don’t have to look to far to find interviews, reviews and videos on Big Thief and this album but some of the content that we consumed and discussed in part 1 can be found below;
- The metacritic review page is always a goo start and can be found here
- This is a great listen – ‘Out On The Line’ Podcast
- Really insightful take on the album – ‘Taking it Down’Podcast
- If you love them … or not, this one’s got you covered -‘NY Times’ Podcast
- A great article in Vulture – read it here
Part 2 – ‘Spin it’ or ‘Bin it?’
In the second part of this episode we get stuck into 4 tracks representing this months theme – ‘Not on Spotify’. We all pick a track, introduce our track and ask the others the painfully binary critical question; ‘spin it’ or ‘bin it?’
This month was a little more ‘free form’ than usual … but an amusing listen none the less!
- Guy’s track selection is – Prassay – Krvsin
- David’s track selection is – Nick Drake – I Was Made to Love Magic
- Nolan’s track selection is – Pharoahe Monch – F You
- Joey’s track selection is – Joanna Newsome – ‘81
Episode #23 will be with you soon – Joey will be leading the discussion on ‘Life on Earth’ by Hurray for the Riff Raff. If you get the chance we’d love you to have a listen to the album before next month, perhaps share some thoughts with us on the blog or on our Insta. This albums getting a lot of positive attention and we think it’s going to be in a few year end lists.