Big Thief's "Mythological Beauty" appears, on first listen, to be a calm folk-rock song. But, like Adrianne Lenker's other work, the lyrics tell a powerful story about family, pain and loss.
Speaking to her mother, Lenker sings, "There is a child inside you who's trying to raise a child in me." In telling the story of a childhood accident which left her with a permanent scar on her head, Lenker breaks away from the gentle vocals of the rest of the song for one line: "You held me in the backseat with a dishrag, soaking up blood with your eyes."
Big Thief performed "Mythological Beauty," as captured in this 360-degree virtual reality video, and several other songs at KCRW.
Watch Big Thief's full Morning Becomes Eclectic performance at KCRW.com.
Photo by Spencer C. Amonwatvorakul/KCRW.