January 31st, 2013 12:55pm

Start A New Year Whenever You Need

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down “City”

The sound of this song seems to spike upward – vertical, like tall buildings. But the real momentum is a jagged lateral movement, like you’re walking around through a city. There’s an aggressive front to the music – harsh guitar tone, big blocky beats, a vocal that borders on being rapped – but I feel like this is a very affectionate (or at least accepting) song about city life. The end point of this song is very positive, with Thao embracing a chance at constant reinvention and revision of how one views themself and their surroundings. That checks out with my experience.

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