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Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner believe that anything is possible and that every genre has its place somewhere in their music. That so many others relate to this eclectic, unpredictable mix of sounds proves they’re tapping into a sound that’s greater than themselves. Listeners love to be dazzled by sound and even the sharpest critics are left wondering what’s exactly happening here. Garbus chants into her vocoders and steps out into the spotlight for a guiding lead vocal on “Real Thing” that’s accompanied by a complex mix of odd rhythms, synthetic sounds and swooping bass lines. Producers Malay (Alicia Keys, Frank Ocean) and John Hill (Santigold, MIA, Shakira) keep the minimalism rocking. The synths frequently sound like sketches that have been cut-up beyond recognition while vocals sound like schoolyard taunts and personal moments caught on tape (“Hey Life,” “Stop That Man”). This mix of casual, random and precise captures a relatively conventional tune and pop arrangement in “Wait for a Minute” and a field holler for “Rocking Chair.” Eclecticism is in.

Customer Reviews


What a beautifully polished piece of art. This is their best effort to date, and truly one of the most original albums I’ve listened to in years. I think the lyrics are honest, and the beats are grooving!

Loving it!

Happy so far...

Pre-release review: I think that this is going to be on the year's top ten list. Two pre-releases that have me expectant and wanting more. I will give this one plenty of time on my iPod.
Now, do I get an autograph? ;)


"Water Fountain" is currently being used on a commercial for Sonos wireless speakers. On the strength of that 30 seconds I bought the album. It was my mistake. I am not the target audience for this. I need structure and sequence and this just sounds like a lot of noise to me. Sorry. I just wrote the review so that others know to preview the tracks carefully to ensure this is what they want. What you hear of Water Fountain isn't typical of the rest.


Born: 1979

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Beginning as the lo-fi experimental folk project of Merrill Garbus (also of the noisy indie pop band Sister Suvi) tUnE-yArDs fuses indie-pop and global elements into uniquely vibrant music. Garbus began writing and performing under the tUnE-yArDs moniker in 2006, using a digital voice recorder and shareware mixing software to assemble her homespun patchwork of found sounds, field recordings, ukulele, unusual percussion and surprisingly soulful vocals. It took Garbus two years to craft debut album,...
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