RIBBON RELEASE NEW THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN ALBUM IN FEBRUARY
On February 4th 2013, Ribbon Music is set to release We the Common, the third full-length album from critically acclaimed artist Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. You can listen to 'Holy Roller' - the first track to be taken from the album below. 'Holy Roller' will be released on December 10th.
Frontwoman Thao Nguyen notes that the track "was the first song I wrote for this new record…it marked a shift in how I operate. I was steadily, in an overdue way, becoming grateful for everything and everyone I had. I tried to capture a sense of revival and a determination to be better."
Listen to 'Holy Roller' here:
Recorded at San Francisco's Tiny Telephone Studios and Dallas' Elmwood Studio, We the Common was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Bill Callahan, the Walkmen, Explosions in the Sky) and features a duet with Joanna Newsom on the track 'Kindness Be Conceived.'
Thao observes, "'We the Common' is an album about wanting to be a human who tries and is grateful for the opportunity. It is about wanting to be better and closer to people. I have had over a year respite from touring and recording—in this year I started really trying to be a part of the community I live in and the family I was born into."
The album is the follow-up to Thao's 2009 release Know Better Learn Faster, which Pitchfork praised for its "warm exuberance that keeps the music spry" while US magazine SPIN noted that Thao's "lazily smoky voice has its bitterly harsh moments, but her coolly analytical self-awareness stings the most."
Based in San Francisco after growing up in Falls Church, VA, Thao Nguyen first picked up a guitar at age 12. She has worked with a long list of acclaimed artists including Andrew Bird, Mirah, Laura Veirs and producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens) and has recorded a pair of critically acclaimed records for Kill Rock Stars: 2008's We Brave Bee Stings and All and the aforementioned Know Better Learn Faster with her backing band The Get Down Stay Down.
Since her last album Thao has worked with the artist advocacy non-profit Air Traffic Control and has volunteered extensively with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
WE THE COMMON TRACKLIST
1. We the Common (for Valerie Bolden)
3. We Don't Call
4. The Feeling Kind
5. The Holy Roller
6. Kindness be Conceived
7. The Day Long
8. Every Body
10. Clouds for Brains
11. Human Heart
12. Age of Ice