May 3, 2019

Thou made such an incredible impression on Roadburn 2019; each of their four sets showcased a different element of the band and kept us all enraptured. Not quite ready to let them go for this year, we asked Andy Gibbs if he would put together a playlist for us – and happily he agreed.

Below you will find a run down of the tracks he has picked – and why. We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into Andy’s musical world as much as we have!

Ô PaonFleuve (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
“Thou had the pleasure of playing two shows with Geneviève before she passed. Bryan and I had been big fans since the first record, and her live show was just mesmerizing as the records. Rest in power.”

Nancy Sinatra and Lee HazlewoodSome Velvet Morning (Boots Enterprises Inc)
“There’s a late night dive in the French Quarter that I find myself in from time to time. The bartenders are extremely surly but if you can find and play this song from one of the many homemade mix CDs on the jukebox, they will crack a smile and warm up to you.”

Laboratorium PieśniVecherai rado (Soliton)
“A local New Orleans vocal group called Trendafilka does a beautiful rendition of this Balkan standard, but since they aren’t on Spotify you’ll have to settle for this version. I still love it.”

TamarynHands All Over Me (Kemado Records)
“I listened to Tamaryn’s album Tender New Signs obsessively on tour, and then I realized I hadnt checked this record and now it’s on constant repeat at my house, along with her excellent new record Dreaming The Dark.”

Stuart A. StaplesThe Fuck Box (Lucky Dog)
“I just saw High Life in the theater last week and immediately looked up the soundtrack. The “fuck box” scene was uhhh an experience let’s say. Perfectly executed mood on this track!”

Jesse RuinsA Bookshelf Sinks Into The Sand (Captured Tracks)
“One of two tracks on this mix that my friend Melissa (MJ Guider) showed me. The best part of this track is when the drums kick in and obliterate that dreamy intro.”

Silent ServantOptimistic Decay (Hospital Productions)
“Silent Servant put out one of my favorite records last year. I once attempted to see him in New York with my bandmates, walking a couple miles in the snow, even. At 2:30am he still hadn’t taken the DJ booth and after a long travel day I was wrecked and ready for sleep. Next time I guess.”

MJ GuiderTriple Black (Kranky)
“If you missed MJ Guider at Roadburn this year then you definitely fucked up. One of the best records to come out of New Orleans, and a truly dear friend of mine backed live by two other dear friends including longtime Thou collaborator Emily McWilliams.”

Miles DavisNem um Talvez (SONY/BMG)
“Live Evil was one of my go-to records in high school. I loved all the acid jazz freakout tracks but this cerebral jam is a hidden gem.”

Norma TanegaYou’re Dead (Rhino)
“I really don’t know much about this artist aside from her hit “Walking My Cat Named Dog” but her nihilistic take on capitalism in the lyrics is right up my alley.”

Saåda Bonaire – The Facts – 1984 Version (Self-Release)
“The other track that Melissa showed me. This band has a cool backstory and I recommend you take a break right now to google it.”

FKA TwigsI’m Your Doll (Young Turks Recording)
“This EP is absolutely flawless future R&B. I remember jamming this on repeat in The Body’s van when it came out.”

Holly HerndonNew Ways To Love (4AD)
“Holly’s rise in visibility occurred when I was living in the Bay Area and I deeply regret not seeing some of her local performances at DIY venues. She is, to me, a weathervane for the future of electronic music.”

SRSQOnly One (Dais Records)
“Hands down my favorite new discovery of last year. Kennedy’s voice and passion are truly unmatched. She played a Mardi Gras parade afterparty this year and had a crowd of drug-addled psychos completely awed, totally under her spell.”

Second WomanApart I (Tresor Records)
“More forward thinking electronic music from some local heroes. As wild as this track is, it’s possibly their most straightforward song to date!”

Boy HarsherUnderwater (Self-Release)
“This is that “coming home from the bar and dancing alone in your living room” music. Real freaks know.”

Rachel ‘sAir Conditioning / A Closed Feeling (Quarterstick Records)
“This is what I put on when the whole world feels heavy.”

Vanessa Amara3/3/2016 (Posh Isolation)
“Soothing sounds from the cool Danish label Janushoved. I put this on before bed all the time.”

George Jones –  Cup Of Loneliness (Gusto Records)
“A great track from the jukebox at the bar down the street from me. Every time I go I put this on, along with Roy Orbison and T. Rex.”

The CranberriesHollywood (The Island Def Jam Music Group)
“For all the Roadburners who made our collaborative set at Koepelhal feel so special, and for my friend Emma, for turning another typical non-metal Thou cover into something actually beautiful.”