Thao and Mirah: Harmonic Convergence

Thao and Mirah find harmony in collaboration, CD: Aidin Vaziri | Thao Nguyen and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn – or Thao and Mirah as they’re more conveniently known on their first album together – are a pair of strong-willed singer-songwriters who for two weeks managed to bring their distinctive styles together for a new self-titled album. Recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studio and co-produced by Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards, the off-kilter indie rock collaboration is at once deeply emotional and physically jarring. Having originally shared a bill at last year’s Noise Pop festival, the duo toured together with the collective The Most of All before taking on this project. Mirah has released five solo albums, establishing herself as a staple on the Pacific Northwest indie scene before relocating here. Thao and her band the Get Down Stay Down, meanwhile, regularly pack local clubs. In anticipation of their show Tuesday at the New Parish in Oakland (they also play the Great American Music Hall on June 23) they filled us in on the finer details of how they pulled it off. Read more.

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