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Tune-Yards - 'sketchy.' Out Now
Tune-Yards : 'sketchy.' Out Now
26th March 2021

Today, Tune-Yards release their fifth studio album, sketchy.

The 11-track record balances self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries, reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards.  The result is a colorful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone.  Merrill Garbus says of the album, "I started remembering that people come to us to be entertained, to move, to feel joy. And together, I think, we can wake up.” 

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Praise for sketchy.

"Fizzing with a creative fire" - Uncut (8/10)
"It's life-affirming" - The Line of Best Fit (8/10)
"Social conscience with feelgood entertainment" - The Guardian ****
"By opening up melodically as well as rhythmically, Garbus and Brenner better reveal the big heart at the centre of Tune-Yards - Mojo ****
"11 tracks of technicolour indie pop" - DIY ****
"Bubbling over with inventiveness" - The Arts Desk ****
"sketchy. is vibrant, engaged and self-aware" - FT ****
"This could be a new peak for Tune-Yards and they couldn't have timed this release any better for society's collective sanity if they tried" - Dork ****
"sketchy. takes the best, feral pulses from tUnE-yArDs’ DIY material and the richest sounds of later records in its doubling down on societal crises" NME ****
"A tried and true favorite" - NPR All Songs Considered
"Fluid and full of surprises" - The Sunday Times 
Surreal” - Rolling Stone
"Some of the most intriguing, eclectic, and thought-provoking music in the world of indie" - Stereogum
"Reflects the truth of life" - SF Weekly
Rhythmic, eccentric pop” - Brooklyn Vegan
With singular and directed focus, the album addresses some of the most pressing social, cultural, and political concerns” - Exclaim!
“sketchy. marks another milestone in a career-spanning effort to push any and all boundaries" - Flood


The album features previously released singles 'nowhere, man', 'hold yourself.' and 'hypnotized'.  The latter two of which were performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live! respectively marking a visual representation of the depths of the album - 'hold yourself.' was a vibrant, buoyant performance while the band crafted a moving and remarkable performance of 'hypnotized' that channelled Merrill’s puppeteer past.

Tune-Yards - sketchy.
1. nowhere, man
2. make it right.
3. hypnotized
4. homewrecker
5. silence pt. 1 (when we say “we”)
6. silence pt. 2 (who is “we”?)
7. hold yourself.
8. sometime
9. under your lip
10. my neighbor
11. be not afraid.