Front-woman Thao Nguyen is the creative-force behind the San Francisco-based folk-rockers The Get Down Stay Down (Adam Thompson on keys, bass and vocals is the ‘backing band’). Having successfully plied her trade with the likes of Laura Veirs and The Decemberists producer Tucker Martine, the Virginian-born songstress here hooks up with Joanna Newsom on the country-tinged ‘Kindness Be Conceived’. Catchy melodies abound in an eclectic, engaging effort; bluegrass, jazz, rock and folk are woven seamlessly, and expertly. Cornerstone track ‘Holy Roller’ offers an element of surprise thanks to its Oriental influence, whilst ‘We The Common’ reminds of Alabama Shakes’ brand of southern American Rock. Expect a booking on Later With Jools Holland.
Words by DAVID AARON