Not that Tune-Yards haven't consistently challenged and highlighted the vast injustices and inequalities of our world through their music and nail bitingly sardonic, satirical lyrics over the years. You only have to listen to their psychedelic score to Boots Riley's mind-blowingly surreal 2018 film Sorry To Bother You or listen to "Colonizer" from I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life to know that. But, Sketchy turns previous introspections outward.
About 10 years ago, Tune-Yards could legitimately claim to be one of the most exciting acts on the planet. Their second album w h o k i l l was bursting with energy and invention, while their live act was filled with loop pedal effects, astonishing vocals and a fair bit of synchronised dancing. Since then, Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner have released two more albums and the score to Boots Riley’s critically acclaimed film Sorry To Bother You.
The duo of Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner have been making substantial noise as Tune-Yards for over a decade now, including their 2011 breakout album, w h o k i l l, and the score to 2018 film Sorry to Bother You. sketchy., the project's fifth studio record, takes listeners to a world where spacy trap and glitchy alt-rock play host to a wide array of topical subject matter. Imagine Massive Attack's instrumentals combined with Bob Dylan's lyrics plus a gratuitous helping of John Frusciante-style harmonic soundscapes, which Garbus creates by looping and layering her vocal tracks.