Tune-yards - Bird-Brains (CD)

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Categories
RockPopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Alternative
Number of Items
1
Title
Bird-Brains
Media
CD
BarCode
652637292824
Country of Origin
USA / Canada
Label
4AD
Distributor
Alternative Dis. Alliance
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
652637292824
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] For You
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Sunlight
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Lions
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Hatari
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] News
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Jamaican
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Jumping Jack
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Little Tiger
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Safety
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Fiya
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Synonynonym
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Want Me To
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Real Live Flesh
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] For You
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Sunlight
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Lions
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Hatari
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] News
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Jamaican
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Jumping Jack
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Little Tiger
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Safety
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Fiya
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Synonynonym
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Want Me To
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Real Live Flesh
Genre
Pop / Rock
Release Date
19 November 2009
Country
Notes
Though tUnE-yArDs' debut album Bird-Brains was eventually released by the famed indie label 4AD, it began as truly independent music. Merrill Garbus (also of Sister Suvi) recorded the album at home with a digital voice recorder and shareware recording software, patching together artfully messy beats, ukulele, field recordings, and her surprisingly rich, almost androgynous voice into songs with folk purity and the boldness of mash-ups. Despite -- or more likely, because of -- the pared-down instrumentation, Bird-Brains is equally eclectic and personal. She ends the winding melody of "For You" with spoken word snippets of her and a child eating blueberries, then seamlessly shifts abruptly to "Sunlight"'s bludgeoning beats and high-strung guitars. Throughout, Garbus pulls off stunning contrasts, whether it's her torchy voice and lyrics like "tiny teenage cocks" giving "When You Tell the Lions"' simple melody a surprising worldliness, or "Jumping Jack"'s brittle percussion and massive bass lending a menacing edge to its nursery-rhyme chant. Best of all is "Hatari"'s exotic yet homespun pop, which layers Garbus' barbaric yawp over a beat that feels like a bhangra/hip-hop hybrid. Even on the album's more straightforward songs, there's something surprising to be found, like the coughs used as percussion on "Jamaican." With all of Bird-Brains' sonic intricacy, it takes a little while to appreciate Garbus' equally smart and evocative lyrics, although "Synonym"'s "You remind me of when I didn't have to wear any clothes . you remind me of the person you used to be" stand out immediately. Few debut albums are audacious enough to call to mind Odetta, M.I.A., and the Raincoats -- often all at the same time -- but this is just such a rare bird. ~ Heather Phares
Date Released
2009-11-01 00:00:00
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
tUnE-yArDs
Artists
  1. Tune-Yards
Duration
53m 49s
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