Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive FLAC album
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is a San Francisco-based alternative folk rock music group that originated in Falls Church, Virginia. It consists of Thao Nguyen (vocals, guitar) and Adam Thompson (vocals, bass guitar, keyboards). Frank Stewart (lead guitar, production) and Willis Thompson (drums) are former members of the band. Thao Nguyen met drummer Willis Thompson while studying for her degrees in Sociology and Women's Studies at College of William & Mary.
A Man Alive finds Thao exploring darker and more personal territory than in her earlier songwriting. She grew up in Northern Virginia, on the outskirts of Washington, DC. When Thao was young, her father left the family. A Man Alive is undoubtedly a new career highlight for Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. The album presents a fiercely original group sound that is rife with experimentation and playfulness. It demonstrates Thao’s development as a songwriter. And it achieves that most elusive quality in music-to create an album of songs that are dark yet buoyant, tragic yet redemptive, personal yet inclusive.
Album · 2016 · 12 Songs. It's all doused in warped synths and effects, but every sound serves its purpose-like the rumbling bass of "Astonished Man" reflecting the weight of the singer's apprehension toward her relationship with her dad, or the loops of "Slash/Burn" circling like a nagging memory. A Man Alive Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.
Now Thao and the Get Down Stay Down has partnered with Merrill Garbus, the sonically adventurous mastermind behind tUnE-yArDs, who previously co-produced the Thao & Mirah duo album. Recorded at John Vanderslice's San Francisco studio Tiny Telephone, A Man Alive works as a perfect match: Garbus' uncanny knack for fractured textures and exciting genre blends perfectly suits Thao's raw vocal yowl, yielding a crackling combination. Astonished Man" erupts with dissonant, Annie Clark-caliber riffs and bit-crunched noises that sound like static signals misfiring
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This is Thao and the Get Down Stay Down’s fourth record, so their established audience should be accustomed to their quirks. Hopefully potential new fans will give A Man Alive a thorough chance to win them over, because it’s worth the time. The Line of Best Fit. It all makes for a pretty giant leap forward, with the weighty, emotional subject punctured by a Willy Wonka factory of discombobulated guitar pop that has the tUnE-yArDs’ finger print all over it. It’s complicated, but Thao Nguyen is very much alive.
Thao Nguyen is honored if you cry to her songs. And the ones on her new album A Man Alive, with her band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, will probably make you do exactly that. I don’t want to be sad, but I appreciate that that’s a part of emotion, and if I can help bring it out if it needs to be brought out, then yes, it is an honor, Nguyen says on a call from the car headed towards Minneapolis. She's soft spoken, but never lacking eloquence even through areas of patchy cell service and an always-altered schedule. The two had worked together before when Garbus produced the 2011 collaborative album Thao & Mirah, igniting a partnership that extended beyond their friendship. The close relationship was integral to this project based on the intimate nature of the songs, where the lyrics include such phrases as, Oh Daddy, I broke in a million pieces, That makes you a millionaire.
An album mostly about abandonment ("We are not born for departure, but we do learn to take it"), specifically inspired by Nguyen's relationship with her father, underlying indignation creeps through the vocals even when singing about forgiveness, and is always present in the production. Rumbling bass and gritty drum and guitar tones continue on "Slash/Burn," which also offers colorful, trilled accents woven through looped background vocals.
More albums from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Astonished Man. 2016. Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart - Single.
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- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Ribbon Music
- Copyright (c) – Ribbon Music
- Recorded At – Tiny Telephone
- Recorded At – Different Fur Studios
- Engineered At – Tiny Telephone
- Engineered At – Different Fur Studios
- Mixed At – Tiny Telephone
- Mixed At – Different Fur Studios
- Mastered At – Alchemy Mastering
- Art Direction – Kate Pruitt
- Design – Noah Cates
- Engineer, Mixed By – Beau Sorenson
- Mastered By – Matt Colton
- Painting [Quilt] – Naomi Clark
- Photography By – Maria Kanevskaya
- Producer – Merrill Garbus
- Written-By – Thao Nguyen
NotesLimited version on "clear with red smoke" vinyl, includes mp3 download code.
First Category is on the front sticker, second Category is on the sleeve.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Stickered On Shrinkwrap): 8878340050
- Label Code: LC 28025
|RBN050LP||Thao & The Get Down Stay Down*||A Man Alive (LP, Ltd, Red)||Ribbon Music||RBN050LP||US||2016|
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|RBN050CD||Thao & The Get Down Stay Down*||A Man Alive (CD, Album)||Ribbon Music||RBN050CD||US||2016|
|RBN050LP||Thao & The Get Down Stay Down*||A Man Alive (LP, Album)||Ribbon Music||RBN050LP||US||2016|
|4781324||Thao & The Get Down Stay Down*||A Man Alive (CD, Album, Dig)||Ribbon Music||4781324||Australia||2016|