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Tune-Yards Going 'Nowhere, Man'

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Tune-Yards releases their new song 'nowhere, man'. The bright, brash and upbeat song is paired with a lively video that takes Chaplin-esque footage shot in Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner's garage during quarantine and brings them to life alongside stop motion animation by Japhy Riddle and Callie Day. The song title references the Beatles song and is a referendum on how far society has or has not come based on whose stories are told, celebrate and elevated.

Of the video Garbus says, "The song and the video for 'nowhere, man' were created under conditions of feeling squeezed and pushed to the brink - relatively, of course. I wanted to ask, 'How loudly do I have to shout and sing before I'm heard?' And the video asks, too, 'What am I not hearing?' We hope the music brings energy and a strong wind of encouragement to those who are shouting and singing loudly for justice right now."

'nowhere, man' follows the release of Tune-Yards' 2018 fourth album I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life. Exploring Garbus's place in the world, the album ruminated on race, politics, intersectional feminism and the environment, and was called "dance-pop at its most polyglot and polemical," by the Sunday Times, "bright, vital and surprising," (Gay Times) and "an entertainingly disruptive blast of a record with a mirrorball lure." (Uncut). That same year, Tune-Yards scored Boots Riley's film Sorry To Bother You and released a critically acclaimed song 'Mango' with actor Lakeith Stanfield's musical Moors.




Tune-Yards And Moors Collaborate

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‘Mango’is the new collaboration between Tune-Yards and Lakeith Stanfield's musical project Moors, out now via Haven Records. The duo connected with Stanfield through their work on the feature film Sorry To Bother You, which they scored and stars Stanfield. The video for 'Mango', stars Stanfield and features animation by Ruff Mercy (Pusha T, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown).  "We became big Lakeith fans by spending hundreds of hours scoring Sorry To Bother You and watching his incredible acting skills," says Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus. "We met at the Sundance premiere, and Lakeith was really into the score so we talked about collaborating."

Lakeith Stanfield and Tune-Yards recorded the song in the band's Oakland, CA studio. "He had really specific ideas about the track, different characters he wanted to give voice to, and we worked together to keep amping up the weird," says Garbus. "Times are weird. Lakeith is reflecting his universes and creating new ones - it's fascinating and important and we're grateful and lucky to be a part of amplifying his voice."

Tune-Yards’ widely acclaimed new album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, was released earlier this year. A fully collaborative effort between Garbus and Nate Brenner who co-wrote and co-produced the record, Garbus’ lyrics explore her place in the world, ruminating on race, politics, intersectional feminism and the environment. Tune-Yards will tour with David Byrne later this year.

In recent years, Lakeith Stanfield has risen to international prominence as an actor for his roles in Sorry To Bother You, Get Out, Selma, Straight Outta Compton and Atlanta. Stanfield's breakout role was in the film Short Term 12,  first showcasing his rapping talents with his Independent Spirit Award-winning performance. Shortly after that, Stanfield met the LA-based producer and host/creator of the popular podcast Song Exploder, Hrishikesh Hirway, and the pair formed Moors. The duo have quietly built a following, beginning with the release of their well-received debut self-titled EP in 2014.





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