If you've ever felt that slow, graceful fury at someone for the harm they've cause someone you deeply love, then you know what Thumbs is about. The tone of the song, the choice to make it a soft and gentle reassurance to a friend really elevates the piece. It reminds you of who your anger is for - on whose behalf you'd act.
I heard this song as the encore at the Union Transfer in Philly. It is a heavy song that sticks with you. When I walked out into the lobby, it delivered a delayed gut punch that made my knees weak. No song has ever done that to me in 50+ years.
The EP that got me into vocal music, got me into Bandcamp, got me into “pop,” odd as it is to say. Just an incredible idea pulled off brilliantly. Excellent mixing, characteristically great production, and all the songs chosen for arrangement lend themselves perfectly. It plays like the relief of a shadow on a hot day; a welcome embrace of contemplative, inevitable, necessary darkness. Jamming Device
Like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and Greg Laswell, this song by Merle Haggard was written to wait almost 50 years for Bridgers to tell us what it really means. Hell of a perfect, tragic arrangement. Jamming Device