In a recent essay for The Talkhouse, Merrill Garbus, more widely known as tUnE-yArDs, discussed the work she’s begun on the follow-up to her 2011 album, w h o k i l l. After embarking on a trip to Haiti “to situate [her]self in a non-western musical tradition,” she’s rethinking drumming patterns through cues she picked up from Haitian-born musician Daniel Brevin.
Never passing up the chance to play with language, Garbus has tentatively titled the album Sink-o, which derives from the word “syncopation.” It’s a term she’s been tossing around in her head for a while, and rhythmically, it means deviating from the beaten path.
Garbus described the new album as, “a wild mess. Chaos,” and emphasized her methods of improvisation. She said, “I’m trying anything and everything rhythmic, and sometimes it sounds like an out-of-control beast I cannot begin to tame.”
In Haiti, Garbus also “took four days of intensive folkloric and contemporary dance classes at the Ecole Nationale des Arts.” When she tours for the album, we can’t wait to see how this inspires Garbus to push the boundaries of her already exuberant live performances.