Thao & The Get Down Stay Down have always mixed catchy vocals with ever-changing backing music, but I never thought they would fully embrace folk rock. That's exactly what they do on "We the Common (For Valerie Bolden)." The song starts with a deep south, front porch banjo strum that mixes with Thao's always infectious vocals. Everything snaps into place when a synth starts creeping in and out while the drums guide the pace with that banjo continuing softly behind it all. The chorus blazes in with Thao humming -- it's immediately infectious.
We've said over and over on WLFY how much fun Thao seems to be having on every song she creates and "We the Common (For Valerie Bolden)" is no exception to the norm. Thao is a special vocalist who can switch up mood and tempo at the drop of a hat, and she does it again here, making the difficult seem so easy. I'm not sure which way Thao will go on We the Common -- is this an exploration in folk rock, or will the sounds be all over the place? Either way, the listener is surely in good hands with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down as album after album they continue to throw the most exciting and interesting parties of sound out there today.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
We the Common
LABEL: Ribbon Music
RELEASE DATE: February 5th, 2013