Saturday, March 17, 2012

S p E c I a L

Song of The Week is back with something truly special, 'Powa,' pronounced 'power,' feautring the blues-y vocal, spine-tingling melody line and left-field ambiance of tUnE-yArDs, the music project of Merrill Garbus (pictured left).

This singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist layers her vocals around ukulele, electric bass, and drum loops. When she tours, she adds a saxophone section.

Her brilliant 'Who Kill' album was released last April, so I'm a bit late to this musical table. Another gift from all those critics' year-end 'ten best' lists. This album is a perfect '10'; nearly every song would make a good single, and would do SOTW proud. Alas, I choose just one song per artist per year...

Tuneyards made GREAT videos for the album's two single. The first is 'Bizness,' using a classroom full of grade schoolers...

And then there's the video for 'Gangsta,' a black-and-white cinematic urban pastiche:

Finally, here's our Song of the Week, 'Powa,' live at the Bowery Ballroom:

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