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After 18 months of near solid touring around second album w h o k i l l, Merrill gave herself some much-needed time off; "It was nice; I was trying to be healthy and have a good time,” she says. It was also the first time since embarking on life as tUnE-yArDs that she was without any new material in the works, allowing her to reflect on what’s gone before and where to next; “I thought, 'OK, if I'm going to grow as an artist, I need to do this differently.’” Where the second album...
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The brainchild of Merrill Garbus, tUnE-yArDs began life as dictaphone recordings which were then painstakingly mixed down on GarageBand to create her opening gambit, the debut album BiRd-BrAiNs. Initially released on a limited LP run with screenprinted sleeves recycled from thrift store bargain bins, the album was formally released in late-2009, having been remastered and with four more tracks added. The Guardian, whilst awarding it 5/5, called her "the find of the year." In 2011, that rings as...
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4AD formally release BiRd-BrAiNs, the debut record from tUnE-yArDs (the singular musical project of New England native Merrill Garbus), on November 16, 2009.
Possessing an expansive sound that marries a coarse folk ingenuity with the bold pop sensibility of an R&B siren, BiRd-BrAiNs was assembled with a staunch DIY aesthetic. Recording herself using a digital voice recorder and produced using shareware mixing software, she was described by Stereogum as “a self-contained Sublime Frequencies...
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‘Gangsta’ is taken from w h o k i l l and is a track that grabs your attention immediately with the opening salvo of “What’s a boy to do if he’ll never be a gangsta? Anger in his heart that he’ll never be a gangsta.”
This 12” takes the hip-hop template of ‘Gangsta’ even further with remixes from legends in the field Adrock (Beastie Boys) and Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5, Ozomatli and DJ Shadow collaborator). Like all good old school records, the 12” is completed with not only...
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Following mass critical acclaim for her debut album, BiRd-BrAiNs, 4AD release the lo-fi R&B jewel from Tune-Yards, ‘Real Live Flesh’.
Coinciding with a return to Europe following Merrill Garbus’s triumphant set of dates with Dirty Projectors, the track – available both as a limited 7” and download - is the perfect showcase of both her bold pop sensibility with a staunch DIY aesthetic and one of the highlights from the bonus edition of BiRd-BrAiNs.
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Prior to the BiRd-BrAiNs’ release came the limited 7” of album jam ‘Hatari’.
It comes backed with the new track, ‘Hap-B’ and The Small Is Beautiful remix of ‘Hatari’, done by J’aime Tambeur of The Unicorns and Islands fame.
Tune-Yards is the singular musical project of New England native Merrill Garbus. Possessing an expansive sound that marries a coarse folk ingenuity with the bold pop sensibility of an R&B siren, her debut record Bird-Brains, released on November 16, was assembled with a staunch DIY aesthetic, all dramatically on show in this inauguratory showcase for the 4AD Sessions alongside fellow...