Thao and the Get Down Stay Down share new single “Nobody Dies” — listen

Cut from the band's forthcoming album A Man Alive


With her band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen has been putting her alternative spin on folk rock since 2003. While the outfit has gone through numerous lineup changes in that time, Nguyen’s unique voice has kept the music eclectic and endlessly endearing. She’ll hope to keep up that trend with the upcoming release of their fourth album, A Man Alive, due March 4th on Ribbon Music.

Lyrically, A Man Alive is more personal than past efforts. “The record is essentially about my relationship with my dad, its trajectory,” Nguyen explained in a press release. “It’s a document of my life in conjunction with his, even though we’ve always been leading our lives away from each other.” To that end, the instrumentation has taken on a new form from past Thao records. Nguyen said it’s more about riffs and loops and features “more manipulated sounds” than the band has used before.

As a prime example of this, she’s shared the lead single, “Nobody Dies”. The track is forced along by a heavy bass and drums pounding through reverb. Guitars warp and fade in a lackadaisical jangle that imbue the tune with a sense of resistance to the low end. In a way, that’s a reflection of the lyrics’ emotional arch, as the song sees Nguyen trying to remain resilient in the face of her upbringing. “What to say, what to say, what to say?/ Who could bother with a father?” she sings. “What to say, what to say, what to say?/ You made a cruel kid, come look what you did.”

Take a listen to the track below. The tracklist for A Man Alive follows.

A Man Alive Tracklist:
01. Astonished Man
02. Slash/Burn
03. The Evening
04. Departure
05. Nobody Dies
06. Guts
07. Fool Forever
08. Millionaire
09. Meticulous Bird
10. Give Me Peace
11. Hand To God
12. Endless Love