Watch: tUnE – yArDs – Bizness

tUnE – yArDs – Bizness


I think 4AD are slowly becoming my favourite label. Along with the rest of the Beggars Group roster which includes Matador, XL and Rough Trade, 4AD have a sincerely phenomenal selection of truly great bands that I just keep going ape over. Here’s but to name a few!

tUnE – yArDs is the latest addition to this catalogue of idiosyncratic giants, and is the musical project of one Merrill Garbus; songwriter, vocalist, percussionist, and ukulele player extraordinaire. For muso journalists, the stylization of tUne – yArDs is a caps-lock bashing nightmare. But for questioning muso fans, the allure is almost too much. Why is it like that we cry? It’s a statement of intent that Merrill don’t conform to no one not never, no. Although her track ‘Fiya’ was in fact featured on a 2010 commercial for the Blackberry Torch…

Her voice is so congested with unflinching power, and the Afro-pop component of her densely hybrid sound is so prominent here, you’d be forgiven for mistaken Garbus as an Afro-American. During live performances builds her multi-instrumental reverberations around spontaneous drum-loops created there and then on the spot. Her début album, BiRd-BrAiNs (how does she decide which letters need capitalising?), was originally self-released by Garbus on recycled cassette tape. Yet unsurprisingly it was recorded using only a handheld voice recorder.

You can download the ‘Bizness’ mp3 directly from the 4AD website here

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-James Godwin, April 21st, 2011

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