Adrianne Lenker Unveils the Enchanting ‘Sadness As a Gift’: A Bright Future Ahead

Adrianne Lenker, the brilliant mind behind Big Thief, is set to mesmerize music enthusiasts with her upcoming solo album, Bright Future. Scheduled for release in March, the album promises to be a captivating musical journey, showcasing Lenker’s prowess as a singer-songwriter. In this article, we delve into the intricacies of Lenker’s new masterpiece and explore the captivating elements that make it a must-listen.

The Making of ‘Bright Future’

Produced by Lenker’s frequent collaborator, Philip Weinrobe, the album took an unexpected turn as it brought together three musicians, namely Nick Hakim, Mat Davidson, and Josefin Runsteen, who had never collaborated before. Lenker, reflecting on the experience, described it as magical, emphasizing the exceptional musical presence and listening skills these artists possess.

“It felt like everyone’s nervous systems released,” Lenker expressed. “Once we were IN the song, somehow we just knew. No one stopped a take. We didn’t listen back. I only listened after everybody else left.”

A Glimpse into the Track List

The Bright Future tracklist unfolds a rich tapestry of emotions and musical diversity. From the haunting “Sadness As a Gift” to the soulful “Free Treasure” and the enigmatic “Vampire Empire,” Lenker takes listeners on a sonic adventure. The album comprises 12 tracks, each uniquely crafted to evoke a range of feelings, showcasing the artist’s versatility.

  1. “Real House”
  2. “Sadness As a Gift”
  3. “Fool”
  4. “No Machine”
  5. “Free Treasure”
  6. “Vampire Empire”
  7. “Evol”
  8. “Candleflame”
  9. “Already Lost”
  10. “Cell Phone Says”
  11. “Donut Seam”
  12. “Ruined”

Lenker’s Summer Tour – A Not-to-Miss Experience

As a testament to the album’s anticipated success, Adrianne Lenker will be embarking on a U.S. tour this summer, captivating audiences across the country. The tour kicks off on June 9 in Austin, TX, and spans various cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Portland, among others. The tour culminates in Philadelphia on June 29, promising an unforgettable live experience for fans.

Adrianne Lenker Tour Dates:

  • June 9 – Austin, TX @ The Paramount Theatre
  • June 10 – Austin, TX @ The Paramount Theatre
  • June 12 – Albuquerque, NM @ KiMO Theatre
  • June 13 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
  • June 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • June 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • June 17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
  • June 20 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
  • June 21 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
  • June 22 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
  • June 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
  • June 26 – Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
  • June 28 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
  • June 29 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
  • June 11 – Northampton, MA @ Academy Of Music Theatre
  • June 12 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Shubert Theatre
  • Nov. 13 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Shubert Theatre
  • Nov. 15 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia
  • Nov. 16 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • Nov. 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
  • Nov. 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
  • Nov. 22 – Durham, NC @ TBA
  • Nov. 23 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
  • Nov. 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
  • Nov. 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

The Artistry in ‘Sadness As a Gift’

Among the standout tracks on Bright Future, “Sadness As a Gift” holds a special place. Lenker’s poignant lyrics, coupled with the emotive melodies, create an immersive experience for the listener. The song captures the essence of the album, offering a glimpse into the artist’s soul and musical evolution.


Adrianne Lenker’s upcoming album, Bright Future, is poised to be a groundbreaking addition to her already impressive discography. With a stellar lineup of musicians and a tour that promises to enchant audiences nationwide, Lenker is set to leave an indelible mark on the music scene. As the release date approaches, anticipation grows for the unveiling of this musical masterpiece.

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