From 4AD’s website (label of the mighty TV on the Radio, and, of course, The Pixies):
tUnE-yArDs is the singular musical project of New England native Merrill Garbus.
Recording herself using a digital voice recorder and assembled using shareware mixing software, she was described by Stereogum as “a self-contained Sublime Frequencies compilation, jumping between blues, African tunes, shiny reggae-esque sprawls, and lo-fi folk.”
I love that. “You don’t have Pro-Tools, or AutoTune, or a studio.”
“Don’t bother me son, I’ve got music to make.”
“Sony portable digital recorder and Freeware. Now if you’ll excuse me…”
I heard Hatari the other day on Morning Becomes Eclectic and it almost took my head off. The rushed sample of the main riff sounds like a rickety Whoville Christmas contraption coming down Mulberry Street, with a rag-tag fugitive band dancing and playing around it as people coming pouring out of their homes to check out the racket. Haven’t bought the album yet, but believe me, I will.
Merrill performing Harari in Brussels in Sept. 09 after the jump: