Following mass critical acclaim for her debut album, Bird-Brains, 4AD release the monumental lo-fi R&B jewel from Tune-Yards, ‘Real Live Flesh’, backed with a new track entitled 'Youth', on February 8, 2010.
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.
Having released Bird-Brains earlier in the year, garnering praise from everyone from the Guardian (5/5 “heartstopping”) to the likes of The Roots’ lynchpin ?uestlove, Garbus's project has been celebrated for intense and mesmeric live performances that can range from solo performances to vast ensembles that endlessly keep you guessing what might be next.
“Top 10 Albums You Might Have Missed 2009” BBC SOUND
“She’s the find of the year.” THE GUARDIAN
“Ms. Garbus, hiding behind that scrapheap of sound, has a ferocious voice, somewhere between Aretha Franklin and Yoko Ono. At times it’s a roar, and at times it’s coy, but her ability to modulate it show off a rhythmic and artistic intelligence that echoes Bjork, and even to a degree M.I.A.” NEW YORK TIMES
“Garbus’ kitchen-sink folk recalls African street music, musical theater, and the kind of long-lost recordings found in an anthropologist’s basement.” THE ONION