Thursday, 13 August 2009


One of the things you have to know before listening to this one-woman-band is that she bases all this project in the stuff she has been recording for the last couple of years in a Sony digital voice recorder and has made the songs around these sounds and not the other way around, according to Merrill Garbus, the only constant member of this project, although she mentions a little help from her friends. So expect a digital lo-fi sound with reverb when too many sounds are included at the same time.

Approaching the songs with a folk spirit the final mix is as close to anything else as it is to folk. Her best card is her voice, full of registers and incredibly pleasant and disturbing at the same time. She can change from a tender and balladry tune to a more chaotic situation many times in the same track but never too experimental to change the melody structure of the song. Think of a Micachu who has been listening to folk all her life.

Her first record, BiRd-BrAiNs, has first been released as a Radiohead-like pay-what-you-want until it's been released on vinyl and CD and she's currently touring the world with Dirty Projectors.

tUnE-yArDs - Little Tiger.mp3


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