the sophomore album by merrill garbus’ tune-yards is another thrilling ride through diy avant-pop.
at the centre of this glorious noise is garbus’ voice - a powerful & ferocious beast that flips between jazzy & soulful crooning like a female version of the dirty projectors’ dave longstreth – leading the charge on this extensive, eccentric collage of sounds. inspiration is drawn from far & wide - 'es-so' & 'gangsta' combine scratchy no-wave guitars & free-jazz sax skronk, while a number of tracks have a distinctly african flavour that owes much to the sample-heavy experiments of byrne & eno as well as authentic high-life & afrobeat. a unique record that’s quite unlike anything else we’ve heard this year, big recommendations! “tune-yards have produced a real gem…this joyous, adventurous album is going to be hard to ignore when the year-end lists start rolling in” – the quietus. 4ad
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