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dark in a beautiful, subtle way,
This review is from: BIRD-BRAINS (Audio CD)
This is something that I stumbled upon a couple of months ago randomly listening to internet radio. To the uninitiated (which includes me), Tune-Yards (or tUnE-yArDs....) is Merrill Garbus who hails from Oakland, California and this is her debut released by 4AD..... blah, blah, blah..... But that doesn't tell you much (except you know she must be pretty good if 4AD are releasing this...). What you need to know is that this a lovely piece of lo-fi music all written, played, arranged and produced by Merrill Garbus herself with ramshackle equipment. The songs are 'strange'. But good 'strange'.
I like this, it's endlessly inventive and fresh. It's all over the place to be honest but where that might detract from some artists' output this just adds to Tune-Yards. Lyrically this is wonderful. The words are sometimes so childlike and yet..., yet at the same time there is something deeply disturbing lurking just behind them, somewhere, just out of reach. It brings to mind feeling I got on first encountering some of the sampling Tunng used on 'Comments of the Inner Chorus', just a feeling that this is dark in a beautiful, subtle way. I could tell you more but the best way is to find out yourself. This is an album you find somethign new on every listen. there really is so much going on here. Standout tracks - for me 'Lions' but there are a lot of great tracks on here. (9/10)