Artists of the week: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
Combining a rough, punky voice with a musical playfulness that turns her alternative folk rock sound a potential crossover to mainstream audiences, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down is an indie group from San Francisco currently formed by Thao Nguyen (vocals, guitar), Adam Thompson (bass and keyboards) and Charlie Glenn (drums).
Through their first three albums (released from 2008 to 2013), the band managed to collaborate with several indie pop luminaries such as Joanna Newsom, tUnE-yArDs or Mirah and to record with top producers such as Tucker Martine or John Congleton, creating heartfelt and colorful songs that triggered comparisons with Cat Power, Fiona Apple and Sinéad O’Connor. This both confessional and exuberant tone reaches new peaks in their new and Merrill Garbus-produced album A Man Alive, their most complete work to date. Not only does it have its share of pop-centric singles as it showcases moving deep cuts that viscerally depicts her upbringing in a broken family. This could easily be one of your greatest musical findings of the year.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.