Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (photo: Jon Ching)
Earlier this month, Oakland-based indie band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down released the music video for their latest single “Phenom.” Shot entirely in a single take via the digital conferencing app Zoom, the music video is a brilliant adaptation to our current socially isolated environments.
It’s full of energy and choreographed remarkably. Eight dancers swirl around lead singer Thao Nguyen as they defy gravity, pass around and pour glasses of water, and construct a hulky body through multiple screens. The end product is simply mesmerizing, and a testament to the kind of creativity that times like these can bring out in artists.
‘Phenom’ is off of their upcoming album Temple, which is set to debut on May 15. At this time the group’s tour is on pause, though they are still scheduled to play at the Fillmore on June 27.