tUnE-yArDs announces new album

By | Published on Friday 4 February 2011


The prize for the most creative use of the shift key goes to Merrill Garbus, aka tUnE-yArDs, who, having released debut ‘Bird Brains’ in 2009, now returns with sophomore offering ‘w h o k i l l’. The album, released on 4AD on 18 Apr, marks a move away from the deeply DIY production of the first LP, which, some argued, tended to stifle Garbus’ singing talents under a layer of lo-fi fuzz.

Despite the mixed critical response to ‘BiRd-BrAiNs’, Garbus demonstrated in live performances the breadth of her vocal and musical range. Though, that said, she says of the follow-up LP “I had no interest in making a live album. But, at the same time, I wanted to record it better than I had been able to record the last album. So I went into a real studio with a real engineer and real microphones”.

Watch an in-studio session which includes ‘w h o k i l l’ track ‘Powa’ here: