Tune-Yards / Nikki Nack
Album: Nikki Nack   Collection:General
Artist:Tune-Yards   Added:May 2014

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-05-16 Pull Date: 2014-07-18
Week Ending: Jun 15 Jun 8 Jun 1 May 25 May 18
Airplays: 7 5 8 9 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 22, 2021: Baroque Folk (rebroadcast from Jun 19, 2014)
Find A New Way
4. Jun 14, 2014: Box of Chocolates (Sub)
Hey Life
2. Jun 19, 2014: Baroque Folk
Find A New Way
5. Jun 13, 2014: The Songsmith Show
Water Fountain
3. Jun 14, 2014: Meow
Find A New Way
6. Jun 12, 2014: Box of Chocolates (Another Sub)
Hey Life

Album Review
Reviewed 2014-05-15
tUnE-yArDs—Nikki Nack

Review by Luis A. Apolaya

Take the African-influenced rhythms of Vampire Weekend, make them three times better, and add a vocalist with the energy of Journey’s Steve Perry, and there you have the most superficial picture of what this album sounds like. The percussion is so well manipulated, the melodies so catchy, the bass so jumpy, the vocalist so assertive and deft in her delivery—and all so poppy and accessible! Recommended: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 12. RIYL Vampire Weekend, Ava Luna, St. Vincent. FCC on track 11.

***1. (3:29) Sudden electronic harpsichord intro, synthetic drum beat under vocalist’s meanderings, cries of “Find a new way!” sprinkled about, addicting rhythm shifts and vocal effects.
***2. (3:09) Such infectious percussion. Much vocal energy. Wow.
***3. (4:35) Starts with crescendo of hazy synths, chanting and stomping and ride cymbals, “SEE ME OVER THE MOUNTAAAIN!!!”, it’s hard to overstate how vocally gifted Merrill Garbus is, recommended to end 10 seconds early.
***4. (3:28) Mid-tempo, chorus has 80’s R&B feel, social commentary, verses follow gospel call-and-response pattern, beautifully overwhelming vocal work.
*5. (4:28) Mid-slow, unusual tempo, strange vocal effects, mesmerizing background vocals.
**6. (3:39) 90’s Eurodance feel mixed with the band’s characteristic rhythms, interesting dialogue between vocalist and Life, ends 7 seconds early.
**7. (3:18) Driving and propulsive, lots of triangle and hand drums and electric drums, more social commentary.
*8. (1:29) Interlude skit with dark humor and smile-inducing vocal effects and fast-paced electric harpsichord playing riff of first track.
*9. (3:34) First second contains end of last track, mid-tempo, synths and electric drumming take you in their drift, dat bass drum.
*10. (3:55) Mid-tempo, percussion is a bit more tame and follows the 4/4 standard.
*11. (4:36) FCC non-obscene “fucking”, social commentary, unabashedly conspicuous electric drumming, last 5 seconds contain fiddling.
***12. (2:05) Mid-tempo round that feels like a spiritual, beautiful harmonizing, minimalist percussion, violin appears midway, ends 10 seconds early.
**13. (3:10) Mid-tempo, funky, cowbell, electric percussion.

Track Listing
1. Find A New Way   7. Sink-O
2. Water Fountain   8. Why Do We Dine On The Tots?
3. Time Of Dark   9. Stop That Man
4. Real Thing   10. Wait For A Minute
5. Look Around   11. Left Behind
6. Hey Life   12. Rocking Chair
  13. Manchild