One of the best things about the Brighton music scene is that we usually tend to get the smallest dates on the tour. Massive artists come here and play to a third of the people they would just up the road in London. This is one of the key reasons Tune-Yards was such an exciting prospect at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, which is nestled in the Sussex University campus in Falmer. However, it’s a fairly long trek from the centre of Brighton and, with the snowy conditions, I was fairly sure that a lot of people would be put off the journey, but it’s testament to the quality of Tune-Yards and the passion of Brightonians, that not only was it sold-out, but there was a queue in the cold before the doors had even opened. Of course, Tune-Yards were more than worth this, as Merrill Garbus put on an extraordinary performance, showcasing her delicate musical ability as well as an insanely impressive vocal range.
Merrill Garbus and her impossibly hard to present name (often stylised as tUnE-yArDs) return for a fourth album, but this time with long-time partner Nate Brenner co-producing, heavily influencing not just via his basslines but also the shape of the songs themselves. These songs are more ‘traditional’ than ever before but still feature much experimentation and elements of the avant-garde within.