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New Issue: Thao & Mirah, Thao & Mirah

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Thao & Mirah, Thao & Mirah  – “Singer-songwriter” has never come to sell me on any musician. In fact, it usually signals a chance for me  to save my cash for something else. Like gum. Or toothpaste. Anything really. Put two together and it only multiplies my antipathy. Much to my surprise, Thao & Mirah are starting to chip away at my well honed diffidence to the term. It doesn’t hurt that they have enlisted the help of my favorite artist of 2011 to date.

OK. Another truth with a smidge of selfloathing (but only a a tiny bit. It’s not really loathing if it’s rooted in truth, right?) – in general, I don’t trust lesbians to make music. I know. A big, bad, broad statement. And yes, you have many holes you can poke into this argument. But look, really look at your music catalog and see how many you can find that make radical, timeless, broadly appealing music. Yeah, it starts to thin out pretty quickly. Add in the constant cader of two bit acts that rely on estrogen anthems and a lilith fair of unshaven legs and you’ve got a crowded market of mediocrity. It doesn’t help that the “queer” market still supports this consistent underachieving (check out the music at a Pride festival, I dare you). All in all, I’ve been tough on the ladies because the ladies haven’t been tough enough on themselves. So it comes to utter surprise that there are a few hardworking gals out there (AND, again, the bay area is playing conduit to all this hard work) that are putting out some decent cuts. Granted, there best track, “Eleven”, takes heavily from the tUnE-yArDs playbook and most of their sound thereafter is pretty standard singer-songwriter fare (there’s that hyphen bearing word again..). Nevertheless, it’s a feat that they can bring such disparate styles together – Thao, rooted in rock and blues, scratchy voice and all; Mirah, all soft edges and introspection – with consistent quality. I think it helps that they seem to be equally comfortable taking the reigns of songwriting duty and differing to each other’s strengths. Most importantly, there is a noticeable lack in pandering lyrical content which is often the most aggravating aspect of queer musicianship. And maybe I’m giving them more credit than is due as I’m dragging their personal life to the forefront. But this album has already stood strong in my collection for over 6 months with no signs of let down.

Written by TopDrop

February 1st, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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