May 9, 2011

Thao & Mirah :: Thao & Mirah

"Raised by wolves of necessity / Come closer to me," sing Thao Nguyen and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn in chorus on "Folks." The approach is distinctly Thao with her warbly howl and ferociously rhythmic acoustic guitar leading the charge, as Mirah's higher toned vocals provide the background polish in the form of a hushed harmony.

While Thao & Mirah gives ample opportunity for the individual stylings of musicians Thao, Mirah, and producer Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) to shine—as much as lead-off track "Eleven" is distinctly tUnE-yArDs, "Folks" is Thao's, and "Little Cup" Mirah's—it's the dynamic moments of collaboration within each track that make this project truly compelling. That collaborative spirit is particularly evident in the soft funk of "How Dare You." Over a distorted kick drum, Thao and Mirah switch between trading lines of verse and chorusing together in celebratory harmony, convincing the listener pop music has never sounded so sweet and easy.

Thao & Mirah - "Folks" (from Thao & Mirah)
Thao & Mirah - "Eleven"(from Thao & Mirah)


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