Tuesday, March 18, 2014

tUnE-yArDs’ new song “Water Fountain”, plus U.S. tour dates

BEN KAYE/Consequence of Sound

When tUnE-yArDs, a.k.a. Merrill Garbus, announced her new record Nikki Nack,she streamed a megamix of the album’s 13 tracks. Tucked somewhere in that audile assemblage was the whooping “Water Fountain”, which has now been released in full as the first single.

“Water Fountain” is full of tUnE-yArDs’ signature off-the-wall energy, heavy on eclectic percussion and odd little bings and zings. We know Garbus brushed up on her rhythmic training on her recent Haitian excursion, but the song’s lyrics make it seem she also left the island nation more in tune with its people’s hardships. “Nothing feels like dying like the drying of my skin and lung,” she sings, “while we just sit here while they watch us wither till we’re gone.” Not that the song is a downer by any means, with the undeniable beat and lines about cherry pies and two-pound chickens keeping things lively. Take a listen below.



Nikki Nack is due May 6th via 4AD Records. Pre-orders are now ongoing, and LPs purchased through 4AD’s or tUnE-yArDs’ websites will receive a limited edition 7-inch of “Water Fountain”.


tUnE-yArDs has also announced a massive summer touring schedule, which includes opening spots for Arcade Fire and stops at the Sasquatch!, Firefly, and Forecastle music festivals. Consult the schedule following the album art and tracklist.

Tune Yards NikkiNack
Nikki Nack Tracklist:
01. Find a New Way
02. Water Fountain
03. Time of Dark
04. Real Thing
05. Look Around
06. Hey Life
07. Sink-O
08. Why Do We Dine on the Tots?
09. Stop That Man
10. Wait for a Minute
11. Left Behind
12. Rocking Chair
13. Manchild


tUnE-yArDs 2014 Tour Schedule:
04/23 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center *
04/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre *
04/27 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
04/29 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center *
05/01 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
05/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood *
05/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
05/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
05/12 – London, UK @ Village Underground ^
05/14 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain ^
05/15 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher ^
05/16 – Brussels, BE @ Les Nuits–Cirque Royal ^
05/18 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet ^
05/19 – Paris, FR @ Café de La Danse ^
05/23 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Ampitheater #
05/25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival05/26 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House ^
05/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge ^
05/30 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater ^
06/01 – Houston,TX @ Free Press Summerfest06/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom ^
06/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre ^
06/06 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore ^
06/13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
06/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
06/16 – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston ^
06/18 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe ^
06/19 – Toronto, ON @ North by Northeast – Massey Hall ^
06/21 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival06/22 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^
06/23 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^
06/26 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
06/30 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
07/01 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
07/02 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
07/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
07/19 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival07/20 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Music Festival
09/03 – London, UK @ Brixton Electric

* = w/ Arcade Fire
^ = w/ Sylvan Esso
# = w/ The National

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