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Editors’ Notes

San Francisco’s Thao Nguyen is one of those singers who can get two or three syllables from words like “have,” without sounding like a Nashville wannabe or a kid with hiccups. As on last year’s We Brave Bee Stings And All , her style is spirited and robust, and even the gentler, breezy tracks, like “The Give” and “Oh No,” are hardier than most. Songs ache with longing, love and lust, and when she sings, “bring your hips to me,” “I think I could burn you up,” or “I disarm you in the morning,” her straightforwardness is downright sexy. Thao and her two bandmates (on bass and drums) adorn the intimate moments with shy strings, pedal steel guitar and spare arrangements, while her more exuberant expressions swing and cha-cha with guitars, keyboards, horns and hand percussion. (“I don’t get to leave, ‘cause you left first,” she trills on “Easy,” while layers of chirping vocals and a bouncing rhythm section skip along.) The whole set is superb. Thao’s recording with the Portland Cello Project (The Portland Cello Project: The Thao and Justin Power Sessions) is well worth seeking out as well.

Customer Reviews

Luffly, they are.

Utterly infectious and sweet, Thao + The Get Down Stay Down may get down, but they won't stay there: they're too floaty and effervescent. Like Michel Gondry's "Science of Sleep", they're dreamy and sexy and unlikely to go where you might expect. But the wandering and the wafting are the best parts.

A friend once walked up to a hotel concierge in L.A. and asked if she knew of somewhere 'fun' to eat that night. She looked him up and down and asked, "as in "build your own hamburger" sort of fun?"

Thao + The Get Down Stay Down are not Fun like that, nor are they that woman's idea of fun, either. They're fun like a mild sunburn: a warm, slightly sting-y reminder of a rare day spent carelessly.

Original Fun!

Thao is wonderful! I just stumbled upon her through an excellent customer posted mix, and was thrilled to find she already has a good body of work ... And now this: Hooray! Her work is playful and upbeat, with the pain sung about in almost cartoon-ish ways. She's super -- deeply articulate on a wave of beats. I'd love to see her live. If you're looking for something playful and searching, sans the greeting card sentiment... Here you go! Enjoy =^.^=

The Thao of refreshing sound...

Once again Thao and The Get Down Stay Down bring it. Since discovering Like the Linen shortly after its release, I have been enamored with Thao's charming voice and unconventional songwriting ability, paired with some of the best music being recorded today. From funky rockers to twangy shoe-gazers, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down make the playing of timeless sounding melodies sound effortless. Frank, Adam and Willis make a vital contribution to Thao's smoky sound, more produced here but not overly so. In fact, the production adds an ethereal element not formerly present in Thao's sound; it is welcome and lovely. Five stars from this reviewer and eager listener. This one is going to be stuck on repeat for some time.

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