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Track Review: Adrianne Lenker ‘Terminal Paradise’

That’s not love, that’s terminal paradise.

Khalfani Gilbert



“Terminal Paradise” not only serves as a dreamy, yet confident introduction to Big Thief lead singer Adrianne Lenker’s first solo project abysskiss, it’s a somber take on selfish love.

The Brooklyn born Lenker is no newbie to the music scene. She got interested in music at a very young age, with support from her family. Lenker’s father is a songwriter, and by age 13 she was working with producers, working on a pop career.

She formed Big Thief with Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia in 2015 and released two albums with the band.

Now, she serenades over a sleepy time indie folk tune produced by Luke Temple. It comes across as a haunting lullaby of temporary love, which results in something mysteriously beautiful.

“See my death become a trail/And the trail leads to a flower”

Lenker floats above and thru a wonderland. This tune not only showcases her vocal ability, but her strength as a songwriter.

If the single is any indication of what we can expect from this indie angel’s solo effort, then Lenker will most definitely become a leading voice in our alternative future.

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I am currently finishing up my broadcast journalism degree from PennState. I am a singer/songwriter from Washington DC who has played venues like The Howard Theater and also sung backings on tour. I am currently working on many musical projects. And my hobbies include health and fitness, style and art at all cost.

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