tUnE-yArDs is the rather eccentric brainchild of Merrill Garbus. In not only her songwriting, but also her video works, Garbus is the kind of provocative artist pushing the boundaries of what humans find to be pleasant. Utilizing electronic beats layered with synthesizers and vocal loops, all with her strangely brilliant lyrical excursions falling over top, she ends up with music that sounds almost like deranged Pop blended with World Beat, lo-fi and a little social disillusionment. Although she has three great records behind her — the most recent being 2014’s Nikki Nack — tUnE-yArDs’ evolution seems to spring out of Garbus’ live exploration, in which she creates drum loops on the spot, layers vocals and other instruments over them and employs an oft-changing lineup of instrumental or vocal backers.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Dirty Projectors, a somewhat less creepy, downtempo Hundred Waters, St. Vincent. (Charlie Harmon)