Buck Meek (guitarist of Big Thief) presents a serene new single, “Roll Back Your Clocks.” The track is his first offering since 2019’s “Halo Light” and his 2018 “quiet and mischievous” (Pitchfork) self-titled debut that NPR praised as “jumpy and electrifying as an ungrounded wire.” Buck wrote a handful of songs in the throes of the Covid-19 lockdown, and asked Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim, Bon Iver) to produce a recording of one to share. “Roll Back Your Clocks” is a breath of surrender in the face of isolation and fear, and an attempt to embrace the quarantine – to try to make something beautiful and honest and new without denying the limitations, but to move within them.
Sarlo prompted Buck to record the song at home with acoustic guitar, and send the solo version to each of his four band members separately. Adam Brisbin (guitar), Mat Davidson (pedal steel & fiddle), Austin Vaughn (drums), and Ken Woodward (bass) then overdubbed instrumental parts and vocals on top of Buck’s solo recording, without hearing any of the other band member’s contributions and with no outside direction or insight. Then, they sent their stems to Sarlo, who took the parts and alchemized them into a mix, revealing a serendipitous union.
The resulting “Roll Back Your Clocks” is “a reminder to trust our telepathic instincts, and to value the connection with our loved ones as something that we always have access to, even in solitude, regardless of proximity,” says Buck. “ It felt healing to create, and we hope that it will help bring some sense of peace to you.”