This Friday, May 15, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down will release their new album Temple. As a little taster ahead of that, they’ve shared a new song called “Pure Cinema”, with a video filmed in quarantine. Thao says:
““Pure Cinema” is such full band song, and it has so much to do with our years of touring as a roving family constellation, that I really wanted this video to highlight and celebrate The Get Down Stay Down. However much of a fraction I have been out there over the years, our band and crew kept me as safe and sane as was possible. They have been my stabilizing force for so long. As it goes with family I don’t know if I’ve ever truly thanked them or told them. It was so sweet and also quite bittersweet to see everyone at home, projected into our home. I don’t know when we can play shows together again, I don’t know what touring will look like. I miss the band.”
Across juddering and atmospheric indie rock, Thao gets to show the breadth of her emotional expression. Meanwhile, the Get Down Stay Down lay out expansive synths and patient percussion to give us the full scope of “Pure Cinema”. We’ve all been enjoying films while in isolation, but “Pure Cinema” reminds us how much of a bond good art can create between us.
Temple by Thao & the Get Down Stay Down comes out this Friday, May 15, via Domino.