A couple of nights ago, I ventured to the Hudson river, (something I don’t do as much as I’d like) to see a free Tune Yards concert at Pier 54. Somehow, everyone and their mother was there. I swear, every time there’s something free in the city, it’s like people are hired to go by the dozens even if they don’t know the band. However, the crowd at this concert was quite the Tune Yards following, all resembling something of the hip young status. I guess the proper word for that would be hipster, but I don’t really want to make any vast generalizations. So let’s just stick with hip youngsters.
Anyways, I’ve been obsessed with Tune Yards for a while, and I think it’s because their lead singer, Merril Garbus, is so far-fetched, voluptuous, quirky, and multi-talented. The truth is that she takes over the stage in a way that not many artists do, especially since she’s still so new to the scene. I personally love her sound, because it’s so full of range and spunk, but I can understand how it may not have necessarily grown on everyone just yet.
After the concert, my friend and I were having a conversation about new music and how a lot of people have one idea about electronic music. It’s gotta be techno, and it’s gotta sound a certain way. The most beautiful thing about it though, is that it doesn’t. I’d consider Tune Yards’ music to be electronic a lot of the time, not because it’s something I’d play in a club, but because it utilizes electronic tools to create swanky music, and doesn’t overpower the awesomeness of the actual vocals. That’s what electronic music is all about. We’re such a modern age, and even though I find myself often times hating on technology, I’ve learned to just embrace it. It’s so fantastical, and has revolutionized our music world, especially when used correctly. How amazing is that?
Anyways, it might be best to check out some of the actual concert footage. I wish I could have taken some videos, but I was really busy gettin’ my groove on. After scavenging youtube, I found this video which seems to sum the night up pretty well.
Also, I have to add one thing. A really swaggy band opened for Tune Yards, by the name of Austra. Amazing. I found myself dancing to their music in no time. I’d describe their sound as a cross melt between The Knife and Florence and the Machine. They are so hip looking too, it’s almost a little ridiculous. Check them out, you’ll like what you hear.
Subscribe to our newsletter