Hummer: tUnE-yArDs’s “Bizness”
By Max Berlinger
Merrill Garbus, also know as the spastic one-woman band tUnE-yArDs, catches our attention for doing so much with so little. Her latest single, “Bizness,” -- off sophomore album w h o k i l l -- uses looping software (a common presence in many of her songs) to create a lush, almost pentatonic vocal curtain under which syncopated drum and bass provide an Afro-inspired beat. Her music represents a burgeoning trend in genre exploration and vocal manipulation, and her bright, geometric visuals are a testament to the mathematical precision with which she selectively layers instruments. We also love the simplicity and playfulness of her accompanying semi-stop-motion music video, and the eclectic collection of tracks on w h o k i l l .