Watch New Video For tUnE-yArDs’ ‘Real Thing’

Watch New Video For tUnE-yArDs’ ‘Real Thing’

NPR have just premiered tUnE-yArDs’ new video for ‘Real Thing’ via their First Watch series here.

Taken from the acclaimed album, Nikki Nack, 2014 has been a great year for Merrill Garbus and band thus far. Their UK touring alone has taken them around the country – to festivals like Glastonbury, End of the Road, Bestival and Festival No. 6, and most recently two outstanding back-to-back sold-out shows at Brixton’s Electric. No dates are confirmed for their return to the UK yet but they will be in Europe next month for a tour that takes in 14 countries and includes a set at Pitchfork Paris.

Of the video, Merrill says I love leaving room for audiences to paint their own mental pictures (of my songs) and as ‘Real Thing’ could mean so many different things for different listeners, it was the one song I didn’t want to make a video for.  What changed my mind to make this video was wanting so much for this particular song to be heard by more people.  We chose Tom Jobbins’ idea because he framed the sometimes heavy lyrics in to a Charlie Chaplin-like, humorous idea of me being a box of body parts in a factory.  A simple and light-hearted backdrop for some complex and weighty ideas.”

Director Tom Jobbins wrote that “hearing the song made me think of bright patterns and dancing hands! With these initial thoughts in my mind and the song on repeat I envisaged a madcap story about three plastic sisters and an all-singing all-dancing Merrill. It’s a brash and brilliant song and I wanted to match that with the visuals. Merging animation and live action allowed us to create different spaces and bring in lots of visual treats. Merrill was great from beginning to end. Her advice was always to go weirder and wilder, and I think her brilliant performance shows just that.”

Watch ‘Real Thing’ Video


tUnE-yArDs  Nikki Nack
1. Find A New Way
2. Water Fountain
3. Time Of Dark
4. Real Thing
5. Look Around
6. Hey Life
7. Sink-O
8. Why Do We Dine On The Tots?
9. Stop That Man
10. Wait For A Minute
11. Left Behind
12. Rocking Chair
13. Manchild

tUnE-yArDs ‘Nikki Nack’ Press Quotes

“An artist at the peak of her powers. Let her convince you.” The Arts Desk (CD of the Week – 4/5)
“Invigorating, willful and wildly exuberant.” Clash (8/10)
“Experimental but not indulgent, unfathomable and yet sincere, Garbus is again proving herself a visionary.” Crack (17/20)
“Listening to tUnE-yArDs is unlike listening to anyone else… a rainbow of sounds, raining down in vivid, joyous life-affirming Technicolour.” DIY (4/5)
“An album with sounds you can see, a voice you can feel, and music you can all but touch.” Drowned In Sound (8/10)
“Unlike anything you’ll hear elsewhere… tUnE-yArDs continue to remain as individual and inimitable as ever.” Future Music (Album of the Month – 9/10)
“She could sing about what she had for a breakfast and make it sound scintillating.” The Guardian (4/5)
“Since her debut album, Tune-Yards finds a new way to make pop music.” The Independent on Sunday (5/5)
“Nikki Nack frantically succeeds on so many levels. Garbus ticks every box with aplomb and swagger, making a record that’s confrontational, boundary-bending, enigmatic, topical and sheer fun.” The Line of Best Fit (8.5/10)
“Sublimely barmy, joyfully brash, fearlessly brave and utterly original.” Loud & Quiet (8/10)
“The result feels a bit like Gracelands fed through an Aphex Twin remix.” Metro (4/5)
“Garbus’s uninhibited fusion of hip hop, Afrobeat, playground chant and field holler has earned her star-in-waiting status.” MOJO (4/5)
“Merrill Garbus has produced yet another deftly thrilling listen.” Music OMH (4.5/5)
“Easily Tune-Yards’ finest work… Chaotic, eclectic and unique.” NME (8/10)
“A unique and thrilling voice forging a new folk tradition” Q (4/5)
“If there’s a more eclectic, vibrant and inventive singer out there than Merrill Garbus, suggestions on a postcard please.” The Sun (4/5)
“An album bursting with adventure and originality.” Uncut (8/10)
“A terrific album charm and invention to spare, offering more fun a second than most current dance music.” The Wire

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