Tune-Yards announce their fifth studio album, sketchy (4AD). The 11-track record, which includes last year’s single “nowhere, man”, will be released on March 26, 2021. Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner are also releasing another track from sketchy., the grounding single “hold yourself.” and its accompanying animated video directed by Basa Studio.
Beneath the layered sounds of “hold yourself.” lies Garbus’ most explicit lyrics she’s ever written; a clear-eyed moment of grief and simmering rage that builds from the song’s calming introduction to its explosive culmination. “This song is about feeling really betrayed, by my parents’ generation, and at the same time, really seeing how we are betraying the future,” Garbus explains.
Tune-Yards’ last release, i can feel you creep into my private life, was a self-reflexive question mark at the end of a decade of outspoken, polyphonic indie music. From 2009 to 2018, Tune-Yards (both Merrill and her partner and collaborator Nate Brenner) released four critically acclaimed albums, traveled the world relentlessly to play live shows, and composed the psychedelic score to Boots Riley’s surrealist cinematic masterpiece Sorry To Bother You. “We had really been non-stop hustling,” Merrill reflects. “And when we’re hustling, we’re complicit in all of the systems that I really don’t believe in.”