I very much enjoyed this cover.
oh same, and yet here they are butchering this song (tbf it wasn’t National, it was Matt’s solo band and clearly done on the fly, The National proper could actually probably do an alright job with it)
like this so much I might have to reappraise my ‘big thief are merely quite good’ stance, unless her solo stuff is just that much better
Possibly, her solo stuff is usually a little less experimental, more straightforward acoustic songwriting - but this song in particular sounds like a direct follow on from their last output (which was a little grittier and stripped down than previous outings as it was).
I saw her solo around her last album, and really liked it and the record, but then just forgot about it. never fully clicked properly with big thief when I should on paper, might give them another go
Took me a while with Big Thief and now I really think they’re one of the very very best. Her solo stuff is great, but go see the full band when you get the chance because she is a bona-fide rock star
I saw them at bush hall last year, was impressed with her shredding skills
That show was so special
I would say her solo stuff is as good or better than the band (although its probably not as well recorded). It’s crazy how a song this good is considered to be a “b side”
The a sides and b sides have been bundled together into an LP. Waiting for mine to be delivered
I saw her do a solo set after Masterpiece came out and this track was a massive highlight. I’d love it if she started working it into Big Thief sets.
Shark Smile is my second favourite BF/AL song now. From still my favourite by far and one of my favourites of the last few years
Completely obsessed with this song you know. Think it’s the best thing she’s done solo, might be up there with Big Thief’s best too (and the bar is very high!)
Same. Fantastic tune!