TUNE-YARDS

I CAN FEEL YOU CREEP INTO MY PRI­VATE LIFE 4AD, OUT 19 JAN­UARY

Q (UK) - - Q Review -

Ex­u­ber­ant alt-pop from the sin­gu­lar Mer­rill Gar­bus. Tune-Yards’ Mer­rill Gar­bus is one of life’s ex­tro­verts. A for­mer pup­peteer who’s writ­ten songs about get­ting preg­nant with birds, she seems to ex­ist in pri­mary colours and her mu­sic is cor­re­spond­ingly bananas. On al­bum four she claims to have been in­spired by both ’ 90s club hit ma­chine CeCe Penis­ton and is­sues of “white­ness”. As ter­ri­fy­ing as that sounds, the record is ac­tu­ally her most stream­lined pop ef­fort yet. De­spite op­er­at­ing in the be­tween-floors world of in­die R&B, it con­nects both son­i­cally (the slick crunch of Look At Your Hands) and melod­i­cally (the ra­di­ant smooth­ness of Heart At­tack) and as such engages the lis­tener rather than, as in the past, to­tally over­whelm­ing them. JAMES OLD­HAM

Lis­ten To: Look At Your Hands | Heart At­tack

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