Tune-Yards, 'Time No Time'
In space no one can hear you scream. Weightless, Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner float in the silence of space, viewing the world through the eye of a hurricane, mouthing ‘there is no more time’. Driving melodic basslines, swirling synths, vocal harmonies, the imagery is reminiscent of Bowie ‘floating in a most peculiar way’ in Space Oddity. There is no more time, humanity is in flames, the age of innocence is behind us. Life on Earth as we know it has ended, the world will go on without us. Tune-Yards bring us a celebration of sunshine mixed with horrific mistakes humankind has made and continues to make, with a powerful warning of impending climate catastrophe. All of this illustrated with strong 1970s Pearl and Dean ‘Asteroid’ chorus vocals. Tune-Yards Time No Time celebrates the next generation moving us into the future.
We’re thrilled to be a part of Variations that spotlights the work and goals of COP26. It’s rare that we get the chance to directly connect our music with the push towards global net zero — a push that must happen immediately if we’re to steer the planet away from total catastrophe.
Tune-Yards was formed by Merrill Garbus in 2006, with their 5th studio album sketchy. released March 2021. Garbus not only has produced all of her records, but has produced notable artists such as mxmtoon, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Sonny and the Sunsets. Garbus is also known for her keen remixes for Remi Wolf, Lucius and I’m With Her. Merrill continues to dive into score work, for notable films including Boots Riley’s 2019 Sorry to Bother You, a documentary about female drummers called Tomboy, and a short score for Google for International Women’s Day. She has done fundraisers for Bay Area Girls Rock and was on board to headline the gala fundraiser for Women’s Audio Mission spring of 2020 before it was postponed due to the pandemic.