Merrill Garbus is making her way back to Brooklyn.
The artist, better known by her MySpace-friendly moniker tUnE-yArDs, just confirmed that she’ll be playing a series of intimate gigs at The Music Hall of Williamsburg in December.
She also collaborated with filmmaker Tom Jobbins on her new video for “Real Thing,” off this year’s album Nikki Nack. In a press release, Garbus describes the experience of working with Jobbins:
I believe Real Thing was the one song I didn’t want to make a video for. It has too many images of its own in the lyrics, and could mean so many different things for different listeners…I love leaving room for audiences to paint their own mental pictures. What changed my mind is wanting so much for this particular song to be heard by more people. We chose Tom Jobbins’ idea because it framed the sometimes heavy lyrics in a Charlie Chaplin-like, humorous idea of me being a box of body parts in a factory. A simple and light-hearted backdrop for some complex and weighty ideas.
And the artificially saturated colors of the video are certainly an interesting frame for the song’s lyrics, which question the integrity and reliability of authenticity. Plus, Merrill dancing with mannequins is equal parts adorable and disturbing.
The video premiered today on NPR, watch it below and check out tUnE-yArDs’ additional December tour dates.
tUnE-yArDs’ December tour dates:
Tune-Yards December Dates:
Dec 4 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Cibo Matto and Beep!)
Dec 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Cibo Matto and Beep!)
Dec 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Cibo Matto and Beep!)
Dec 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Cibo Matto and Beep!)
Dec 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern (with Cibo Matto)
Dec 11 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre (with Cibo Matto)
Dec 12 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre (with Cibo Matto)
Dec 13 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre (with Cibo Matto)