album cover of Temple by Thao & the Get Down Stay DownThao & The Get Down Stay Down’s fifth record Temple is more than just an addition to the band’s discography.

On past releases, chief songwriter Thao Nguyen has hidden her sexuality by way of metaphor, cautiously revealing herself in scant detail. Nguyen is no longer creating in fear, but rather emboldening herself to make music that reflects who she is: a proud queer Vietnamese woman. This liberation can be heard across the album’s spirited production, the band making bold forays into pop territory while also shifting towards greater experimentation.

An album of revealing your truth and finding power within your art, Temple marks a new era for a band now 20 years into their career.

Temple by Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is out now via Domino.

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