Thao & the Get Down Stay Down have released the song “Pure Cinema,” with an accompanying music video shot while in quarantine.
The band, led by Thao Nguyen, recorded their respective parts for the video from their California homes while under the state’s stay-home order. Director Justin Mitchell jazzes things up by then projecting the Get Down Stay Down’s clips on a huge white sheet—apt for a song titled “Pure Cinema.”
“‘Pure Cinema’ is about taking stock of how adrift I’ve been, in every sense of the word. It’s very easy to feel lost and alone even as you are surrounded by people,” Nguyen said in a statement.
“I’ve had a very compromised relationship to touring over the years. if you’re not right with yourself it is only going to be exaggerated as you cast yourself out into the world. I’ve floated above my life for a long time; I’ve landed now. It makes me so happy to see my bandmates settled and happy in their own homes and lives, as I am in mine. ‘Pure Cinema’ is a cautionary tale and also an encouragement to keep faith and keep building home and family.”
“Pure Cinema” features on Thao & the Get Down Stay Down’s upcoming album, Temple, which arrives this Friday on Ribbon Music. Watch the video here: