From self-releasing on recycled tapes to a known entity just shy of a household name, Tune-Yards has allowed energetic compositions and performances to carry the project up, up, and up — and though it’s been four years since Merrill Garbus released Nicki Nack — the latest Tune-Yards clip, “Heart Attack” gives us a lot to grab onto in anticipation of I can feel you creep into my private life, which will be the first album Tune-Yards releases as a duo, with Merrill Garbus joined by collaborator Nate Brenner.
The lurching and catchy melody is the first thing about “Heart Attack” that strikes. As the song progresses, the vocal choppiness increases so that every element takes on a rhythmic edge: it’s easy to dance to, but the there is also a restlessness that Tune-Yards has always embraced. The clip has people dancing in bright colours and in various states of emotion: there’s joy, distress, anger, and sadness. Each dancer begins with a bag on their head and ends up together on a street — a bright splash of colour on mundanity. A mystery that won’t be solved.
I can feel you creep into my private life promises to be an album to get you dancing, but one that doesn’t forgo Tune-Yards’ attention to the world around them. It’s safe to say that the album, like “Heart Attack”, will move you in one way or another.