tUnE-yArDs – “Bizness”

If this is the last, or even only, piece of new music you hear all work week, you in fact had a good music work week. 2009 BTW tUnE-yArDs’ anticipated w h o k i l l LP is imminent, “Bizness” its lead listen. This stream comes from a Zane Lowe BBC telecast, and despite its radio-rippedness you can easily make out an enhanced production style, access to a proper studio paired with a conscious move away from the clipped and rattling lo-fi aesthetic that colored BiRd-BrAiNs bluesy, propulsive Sublime Frequencies soul. Putting that Blackberry money to good use. Fair enough. Merrill Garbus doesn’t need fuzzy recording techniques to hide behind, not with that voice, nor with this mix of influence and arrangement. “Bizness” brims with rim-clicks and a liquid, uplifting tenor-sax funk underlying Merrill’s remarkable voice, out front and arpeggiating all around your head in that Bitte Orca way, with the memorable phrase “I’m a victim yeah, don’t take my life away,” which you may recall from those shows she stole while opening for Dirty Projectors back in ’09. Which is to say, it’s worth a listen:

UPDATE: Now you can own the proper version:

tUnE-yArDs – “Bizness”

w h o k i l l is out 4/19 via 4AD. (Spacing intentional, though she won’t freak out if you insist upon doing it the old fashioned way.)

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