when i started listening to sufjan stevens in the 7th grade, i had no idea how formative it would be toward my eventual taste in music. my brain marches to the beat of a different drummer. my junior year of high school i was lucky enough to see sufjan stevens live & he performed some of the beloved classics, like chicago, but it was the tour for his album age of adz.
this album is heavily electronic & sounds very distant from his stuff on his 50 states albums or seven swans. when i started getting really into tUnE-yArDs' most recent album, nikki nack, i couldn't help but be reminded of the weird sounds from stevens' age of adz.
& thus, the culmination of my love for merril garbus' bizarre project that is tUnE-yArDs evolved and became complete.
i'm gearing up to see tUnE-yArDs at ACL in a couple days (and i'm dying to see them for their late show on sunday night, but i can't imagine anyone who'd want to go with me because she's so odd.)
her sound and style is strange, but in a quirky way, addictive. i've been listening to her non-stop. a huge thanks to the guy who first introduced me to tune-yards, as nikki nack is becoming a quick soundtrack for my fall.
if you're starting out listening to her raw lyrics + sound, check out "gangsta," "bizness," & "you yes you." BUT if you're daring to try getting into her new stuff, listen to "water fountain," "hey life," & "real thing." you may not like it at first but i think if you're anything like me, it'll eventually infect your soul... in a good way?
check out this concert. she's so BA.