Published Jan 28, 2013Having teamed up with Mirah on a collaborative album in 2011, indie folkster Thao Nguyen is back with her band the Get Down Stay Down for We the Common. The album drops on February 5 via Ribbon Music, but right now you can stream the whole thing on Exclaim.ca.
The album mixes rustic folk with catchy pop and hard-hitting rock. The eclectic blend of styles results in banjo-flecked numbers such "Holy Roller" and "We the Common (for Valerie Bolden)," horn-driven bouncers like "The Feeling Kind," and overdriven scorchers like "City" and "Move." And, of course, there's a duet with Joanna Newsom in the form of the stripped-down acoustic ditty "Kindness Be Conceived."
We the Common was recorded with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Black Mountain, the Walkmen) at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco and at Elmwood Studio in Dallas.
Nguyen said in a statement, "We the Common is an album about wanting to be a human who tries and is grateful for the opportunity. It is about wanting to be better and closer to people. I have had over a year respite from touring and recording — in this year I started really trying to be a part of the community I live in and the family I was born into."
Check out her band's upcoming tour schedule right here, and listen to We the Common below.
Read our exclusive interview with Thao Nguyen here.