Big Thief’s Buck Meek Shares ‘Candle’ Single

By Nate Todd Jan 6, 2021 11:58 am PST

Big Thief guitarist Buck Meek shared a new single, “Candle.” The song will land on the singer-songwriter’s upcoming solo album, Two Saviors, set for release on January 15 via Keeled Scales.

Two Saviors is Buck Meek’s follow up to his 2018 self-titled solo album and is a “cathartic, naked confession of heartbreak, resiliency, and enchantment,” as per a press release. Andrew Sarlo — who produced Big Thief’s first 4 LPs — helmed the new Meek record. But he had a few stipulations for its recording.

“They make the album in New Orleans,” the producer said, “during the hottest part of the year, spend no more than seven days tracking, all live, on an 8-track tape machine with only dynamic microphones, and no headphones, not allowing the players to hear back any takes until the final day.”

The album features Buck’s brother Dylan Meek (piano, organ), Adam Brisbin (guitar), Mat Davidson (bass, pedal steel, fiddle) and Austin Vaughn (drums). Meek previewed the album with the singles “Pareidolia” and “Second Sight” ahead of the latest track “Candle,” which Meek co-wrote with his Big Thief band mate Adrianne Lenker.

Buck waxed poetic about the new single in a statement. Read his words below:

I was making my escape, when the siren’s song caught me a mile up the road. My nose started bleeding by the second note, so I lit a candle to keep moving. I may have died and woke in heaven’s motel, with a telephone seashell at the bedside. It rang in waves and waves spoke, and waves heard through me.

“Candle” arrived with an in-studio music video shot and edited by Riley Engemoen. Watch it below:

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