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tUnE-yArDs - KEXP Session

New Music, VideosjeremyComment

Merrill Garbus' tUnE-yArDs project just released one of the best records of the year so far in Nikki Nack. And now, to our glorious benefit, she has done a KEXP session. The video includes four of the best songs on the record, including "Water Fountain" and "Real Thing", and finds Merrill and bassist Nate Brenner accompanied by passionate backup singers and percussionists. It's a little different than the extremely loop-centric one- or two-person performances Garbus was once known for. But it's nonetheless a gleaming delight to see the group perform these weird, catchy, sunny pop songs in the KEXP studio.

Watch it above, and if you haven't listened to Nikki Nack yet, go do that, ya weirdo.

tUnE-yArDs - "Wait for a Minute"

New MusicjeremyComment

tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus is no stranger to bombastic, twisted, cacophonous, brazen pop songs that explode out of the speakers. She is no stranger to odd flourishes that sound at first out of place and then perfectly correct. The first single from her upcoming album Nikki Nack, “Water Fountain”, fit all of those signifiers more or less on point. This second track, “Wait for a Minute” feels like a slightly different beast (there's no "WOO-HA" to be found here).

The track rides a very simple groove, and has no hugely clever tricks up its sleeve. It is a tUnE-yArDs slow-jam, guided by Garbus’ most potent instrument: her expressive voice. By constructing a song that isn’t as knotted up as usual, she gives herself ample room to show off that wonderful instrument. There are still tenets of her sound that peak through here – check those so-damn-close-to-off-beat “huh” sounds she makes in the chorus – but it all congeals to produce a soft, infectious, and still a little off-beat song. Definitely looking forward to this one.

Nikki Nack beams down to Earth on May 6 via 4AD.

tUnE-yArDs- "My Country"

VideosNicholas KindrachukComment

New video from tUne-yArDs featuring a bunch of kids acting like Merrill Garbus and dancing in what seems to be a warehouse set up like a modern art show. The production was made in collaboration with The San Fransico Rock Project, which is a non-profit organization that helps educate children about music. They have a kickstarter campaign in support of this, check it out here.

The video itself is a lot of fun and it is obvious that the kids involved were really into it, as their excitement is what makes the visuals effective. There is a great amount of camera movement and quick cutting keeping the pace of video brisk and always interesting while matching up perfectly with the song.