Tune Yards at the 2010 Roots Jam in Philly. Photo by Gravity508.
Tune-Yards – Bizniss
Merrill Garbus aka Tune-Yards (er..tUnE-yArDs) has been on my radar for a minute after Gravity508 put me on. Since her 2009 album Bird Brains landed on my iPod via MOG it’s been on repeat, especially the track Little Tiger. Since then, the Oakland bred singer has been touring relentlessly, and her stripped down sound has been getting noticed, especially by Blackberry, which used her song in a recent commercial.
But commercial her music is not. It’s stripped down and gritty, making your left brain work harder than the right just to comprehend what’s going down. But for those who understand, what Garbus does is almost majestic. In 2011, she’s prepping her new album w h o k i l l, and although she has changed her arrangements–working with a full band instead of doing it all herself–her signature sound remains. The track Bizniss is fire. Check it. (via The Maroon Cafe)