Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
We the Common
How has your songwriting changed since your last record?
I just grew up a bit, so the songwriting and narratives reflect that. It's a lot less about my problems and more about how I could be a better participant in my life. There's a sense of revival and gratitude throughout the record that adds to this vitality of it.
Has working with Mirah influenced the way you write music?
I have such respect for Mirah as a songwriter. I just love how her songs are beautiful, but also critiques over things she takes issue with in the world. I think she has a big heart and it shows in her songs. That was very influential, to me.
Joanna Newsom makes an appearance on the record. How did that collaboration come about?
We were both invited to this songwriters retreat and that's where we met. All of us would just hang out, talk shit and have a good time. I asked Joanna if she would sing on this song that I had just finished and she agreed. A few months later, we recorded it and it was just amazing to have her on that record.
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