Last night, Tune-Yards gave a buoyant, invigorating performance of ‘hold yourself.’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The duo of Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner were joined by longtime drummer Hamir Atwal as well as a saxophonist and singers in the brightly chromatic setting that could be pulled directly from a child’s imagination. Beneath the layered sounds of “hold yourself.” lies a clear-eyed moment of grief and simmering rage that builds from the song’s calming introduction to its explosive culmination. ‘hold yourself.’ is from their forthcoming album, sketchy., released 26th March, and hit #1 most added at AAA radio earlier this month in the US.
Unlike the lyrical introspection of Tune-Yards’ last release, i can feel you creep into my private life, on sketchy. Merrill balances self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries, reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards. The result is a colorful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone. “I started remembering that people come to us to be entertained, to move, to feel joy. And together, I think, we can wake up.”
sketchy. will be available digitally, and on CD, on yellow opaque, translucent blue and standard black vinyl on 26th March 2021.
+ Pre-order sketchy. on limited yellow opaque vinyl, standard black vinyl, and CD, from the 4AD Store here +
Yellow vinyl pre-orders from 4AD Store will receive a limited signed 12×12 print whilst stocks last
+ Pre-order sketchy. on exclusive blue translucent vinyl from your local indie store here +
+ Pre-order and pre-save on the platform of your choice here +