Watch Adrianne Lenker Showcase Evocative Single ‘Free Treasure’ on ‘Fallon’

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The song comes off the musician’s forthcoming solo LP, Bright Future

Adrianne Lenker appeared on The Tonight Show to perform her emotional single, “Free Treasure.” The Big Thief frontwoman took the stage with a guitar and an accompanying musician to showcase the track, which Lenker recently called “one of my all-time favorite songs.” 

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“Free Treasure” comes off Lenker’s upcoming solo album Bright Future, out March 22. The musician wrote of the single, “I hope we all can know love like this one. Full of ‘understanding, patience and pleasure, time and attention and love without measure.’” It followed previously released tracks “Fool,” “Sadness as a Gift,” and “Ruined.”

Bright Future, produced by Lenker’s frequent collaborator Philip Weinrobe, was recorded with Nick Hakim, Mat Davidson, and Josefin Runsteen — three musicians who had never worked together. “I had no idea what the outcome would be,” Lenker said in a statement earlier this year. “It was magical. I think the thing these people have in common, they are some of the best listeners I know musically. They have extreme presence.”


“It felt like everyone’s nervous systems released,” she added. “Once we were IN the song, somehow we just knew. No one stopped a take. We didn’t listen back. I only listened after everybody else left.”

Bright Future follows Songs and Instrumentals, released in the fall of 2020. Along with promoting her new LP, Lenker has been a fierce advocate for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict. She dropped a collection of songs for purchase on Bandcamp with proceeds going to support the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.