Adrianne Lenker - instrumentals
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #71 / 752
User Score
Based on 123 ratings
2020 Ratings: #238
Liked by 9 people
October 23, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Ambient, Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet
Adrianne Lenker’s songs seem to effortlessly flow out of her, suggesting even better things are yet to come.
90
DIY

If anything, this feels more like a companion piece, a window into that cabin rather than its own separate record. If you wish you had been there, this is the best way to feel like you were.

90
Gigwise

Instrumentals ... makes for good company, reminiscent of that friend playing across the room from you, complete with clinking frets and audible smiles.

90
The Line of Best Fit
As with ambient music, it’s easy to undersell the difficulty of constructing a piece of the music which is tranquil, rather than simply dull.
88
Pitchfork

They are not showy pieces, but the depth of her relationship with her instrument is clear.

85
Beats Per Minute

It seems unlikely that writing and recording songs and instrumentals allowed Lenker to fully heal her heart, but in among its living, breathing atmosphere are signs of new life and new hope.

80
Uncut

Soothing balms following the drama of Songs.

80
Exclaim!

On instrumentals, Lenker settles down from songs' busier thoughts, indulging in the stoicism within to achieve moments of serenity, if only briefly.

80
NME
What Lenker’s most recent work reveals is that, like the rest of us, she is trying to find beauty and appreciation in the small moments, marvelling at her surroundings while mourning the current moment.
80
No Ripcord

The companion album instrumentals consists of two extended tracks. The first, for indigo, is a scrapbook of strums and chords that Lenker can use as a sampler to construct fuller songs in the future.

80
musicOMH
A looser, less magnified affair, consisting of collages of the exploratory, freeform acoustic guitar improvisations that each day of the recording sessions would begin with. They showcase a different side to her creative process, but it’s undoubtedly on Songs where the emotional impact is located.
80
FLOOD Magazine

The corresponding second album, Instrumentals, is even more enthralling. Instead of getting swept up by Lenker’s visceral songwriting, she showcases patience and intuition.

80
Clash

The best moments on 'Songs' feel like realisations occurring in real time, but 'Instrumentals' is all about the process of seeking things out. 

80
Spectrum Culture

It’s a fresh take on the Big Thief singer’s fascination with the harmony of music and environment, and a deep breath after the trauma and devastation of songs.

70
AllMusic

The instrumentals may offer ambient comfort for late, late nights or the sequestered.

60
Mojo

Instrumentals is a collage of unhulled, wood-smoked acoustic guitar improvisations.

JacksonLerner
81
‘instrumentals’ is challenging. a two song album in and of itself is bold; then, Adrianne and Phil make the WHOLE album instrumental? that’s crazy risky, and it bodes well.

the first three minutes of “music for indigo” feel as elating as an 80s coming-of-age film.

i’ll mention what i heard in the background: doors opening, alarm clocks, rain, chimes, metronome, doors sliding, birds calls, etc.

during the first instrumental, “music for ... read more
knewnie
85
this is exactly what i needed right now
LetalShertly
53
It's nice for the first 10 minutes but just gets super boring.
dearsongs
69
Two long relaxing instrumentals, perhaps a comedown from the emotional weight of "Songs". In a way it reminds me of some of the more delicate post rock attempts from the early 2000's (Mogwai specifically, who I've been listening to lately, or maybe even Bardo Pond). Truth is, I don't know that I'll put this on much in the future though.

Gonna score that other album separately.
Muratka
55
'instruments', unfortunately, is even more boring and monotonous than 'songs'.
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  1. music for indigo
  2. mostly chimes
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