A Man Alive, the inexplicable upbeat alt-folk album by San Francisco genre mainstays Thao & The Get Down Stay Down was recently named Paste Magazine’s favorite album from March 2016, beating out storied musicians such as Kendrick Lamar and even receiving the same score as the posthumous release by legend Johnny Cash. With this remarkable feat under their belt, Thao Nguyen and company seem more than poised to take on a Paste session at our office in Manhattan.
With a new sound that feels much more on the experimental side of the spectrum, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down have drifted far away from their previous release We The Common. The new record focuses on Thao’s rather complicated relationship with her dad, who left her and her family during her childhood. This new venture into more natural electronic based soundscapes is mainly due to producer Merill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, who replaced John Congleton. The new sound is definitely felt during this session, and is a perfect complement to A Man Alive. If you liked these videos, be sure to check out the full album, available wherever you purchase new music. And don’t miss our cover story on Thao, up now right here.