Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - 'We The Common'
There’s something sunkissed and wholesome about 'We The Common'
Thao Nguyen lives in San Francisco – and she sounds like it. There’s something sunkissed and wholesome about her third record that makes you think she probably spends a lot of time eating soya and vegan food and listening to Joanna Newsom records, so it’s no surprise when Newsom herself turns up to duet on ‘Kindness Be Conceived’. Her best tunes, like ‘Holy Roller’ and the title track, dedicated to a woman she met while volunteering at a prison, could be Regina Spektor at her most spritely. It’s all lovely stuff, but the darkness within my soul says it’s maybe too lovely.
Kevin EG Perry