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(Ribbon Music)

On their fifth studio album, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down explore what it means to be whole. Hell-bent on owning her identity, Thao Nguyen looks within and opens up from every jarring angle. In turn, the San Francisco-based group arrives at its most personal and complex work. Gooey beats melt into bellowing riffs creating a lively sound, but in a trip-hop, heavy way. Temple is a direct embrace of the front-woman’s defining parts, particularly the ones that never fit together just right. The result is not perfect, but instead, a celebration of how imperfections connect us back to our truest selves, and each other. (3/5)


By Rachel Reed

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2020 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!


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