Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Kindness Be Conceived” ft. Joanna Newsom

Here we have some pretty charming alternative folk music brought to you from Portland based group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

The track is cut down to its bare minimum in terms of musicianship making the primary focus vocal harmony between Thao Nguyen and Joanna Newsom. It’s a pretty grand harmony at that, both vocalists have a lovely high singing voice that at many times seem to match and become one. Although, it is pretty clear that Joanna has the more powerful voice of the two and therefore shine, but altogether this is a very pretty song to swoon to.

Big Blood- “Creepin’ Crazy Time” / “She Wander(er)” ‡ MP3

First off, I have to thank YouTube user mgfoster for turning me onto this band. Their name is Big Blood, and they’ve got a new album out via dontrustheruin. The title: Dark Country Magic.

The music certainly delivers what the title promises. This album built on lots of acoustic guitars, psychedelic effects, lo-fi drums, and odd female vocals that sound like a cross between Feist and Joanna Newsom. It’s something I could see Woods fans getting into as well.

Dark Country Magic is totally free at the Free Music Archive, but you can sample on two tracks from it below:

Big Blood- Creepin’ Crazy Time

Big Blood- She Wander(er)