Tune-Yards returns with new, hipnotic track & announces new album
"Look at Your Hands" is the first single of the now duo's new album out on 19 January 2018
Tune-Yards returns with "Look at Your Hands", the first hipnotic single from their fourth album "I can feel you creep into my private life". On their new record, they are officially a duo; Nate Brenner joins singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus' music project.
Tune-Yards’ magnum opus will arrive on 19th January. Thematically, the 12 new songs tackle race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as Tune-Yards’ most immediate and upbeat music yet – this is music to dance to.
As the first piece of the album, Tune-Yards has released a new song - electronic vibes, art-pop, 80's tasted "Look at Your Hands". Bandleader Merrill Garbus had this to say about the song: “Yes, the world is a mess, but I've been attempting to look more and more inward: how do all of these "isms" that we live in manifest in me, in my daily activities, interactions? Some of the '80s throwback production came from wanting the vocals to sound robotic, maybe to counter the sincerity of the lyrics. I started sampling my vocals in an MPC which I've wanted to do for years, and there was something that felt really right about my voice being trapped in a machine.”
Other participants in the new song: Michael Coleman (synth solo, crazy keys, bleeps/bloops) Maryam Qudus (vocals) Jason Slota (drums) Beau Sorenson (drum machine processing, vocal effects) John Vanderslice (vocals)
Listen and watch "Look at Your Hands" here: http://smarturl.it/LookatYourHands
On "I can feel you creep into my private life", Tune-Yards is officially a duo. Garbus is joined by long-time collaborator Nate Brenner who produced and wrote the album together with lyrics by Garbus. Tune-Yards worked with a mixer Mikaelin “Blue” Bluespruce (Solange, Skepta, Kendrick Lamar). Much of the album was recorded at John Vanderslice’s new studio, Tiny Telephone Oakland, in Oakland, CA and mastered in Harlem, NY by Dave Kutch (Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper).
Tune-Yard’s previous album 2014 "Nikki Nack" was one of the most well received of that year, and since its release the Oakland-based act has kept busy collaborating with legendary musicians David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono, as well as penning the standout track, "Action", from Mavis Staples’ 2016 "Livin’ on a High Note" album.
Tune-Yards has confirmed a headlining North American tour beginning on 15th February, 2018, including shows at Oakland’s Fox Theater and concluding at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel. $1 from every ticket will be donated to various non-profits. They will be touring as a trio; Merill and Nate plus a new drummer Hamir Atwal
1. Heart Attack
2. Coast to Coast
3. ABC 123
4. Now as Then
7. Look at Your Hands
10. Who Are You
11. Private Life