Sunday, February 10, 2008

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down


At the tender age of 23, Thao Nguyen has a clear shot to indie-rock stardom. With the loose pop sensibility of Feist and the voice of Cat Power and/or Beth Orton, not to mention the help of producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens), Nguyen and her band The Get Down Stay Down have crafted the first enjoyable pop album of 2008. Unlike her aforementioned counterparts, Nguyen still seems to have the youth to roll down a hill on a summer’s day, which shows in her music. Listening to “Bag of Hammers,” I kind of forgot it was grey and miserable and couldn’t wait for spring to come. The standout track on the album however is “Feet Asleep,” where the band builds from a steady beat to a “1234”-esque climax. Bright things are on the future for this band, so catching them now will only make you cooler later.

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