Single Review – Tune Yards – ABC 123

From soon to be released album ‘I can feel you creep into my private life’ due out 19th January via 4AD, and follow up from 2014’s ‘Nikki Nack’,Tune-Yards release new single ‘ABC 123’, continuing their 80’s style production but this time turning things up a subtle notch from previous single ‘Look At Your Hands’. Lyrics are intertwined with political images and current events, giving Tune Yard’s alt-pop that additive cold alt-punk edge with lyrics like: ‘but I must be witness to everything, fan the fire or face the crowd, California’s burning down, sitting in the middle of the sixth extinction.’ Embracing the bands experimental, child-at-heart nature though, the tracks accompanying video sees front-woman Merrill Garbus’s head as, part of a stop-motion directed by Dear Mr Quistgaard, a fitting style given the track’s title, Garbus tweeted: ‘We’re hoping Sesame Street invites us to play it on their show.’

Hayley Miller

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