Do you have the new Grimes album? If not, you need to go buy it now.
But, while it’s downloading, you can get a headstart by checking out her KEXP performance of “Genesis,” the second track on her excellent new album Visions. The performance is an interesting one, with Claire Boucher spending most of it crouched on the floor playing around with beats and sounds. But even from that position, she gets you feeling it.
There are a lot of great albums out so far this year, but my stand-out favorite has to be w h o k i l l, the second album by Oakland-based tUnE-yArDs. tUnE-yArDs was originally a solo project for musician Merrill Garbus, but for her second album, instrumentalist Nate Brenner works with her, along with some touring saxophones.
Similar to my experience with GIVERS, I found tUnE-yArDs largely by happenstance. This year, I was at SXSW with a gap in my schedule. I saw that tUnE-yArDs was playing the NPR party and, having heard the track “Bizness” a few times, decided to check it out. tUnE-yArDs started playing “Gangsta,” and when Merrill’s vocals came in, I got goosebumps. I was hooked.