MERRILL GARBUS and Nate Brenner’s excellent, genre-busting, rousing Tune-Yards have released a brilliantly freakish stop-motion animation for their new track, “nowhere, man”.
It’s bright, groovy, offbeat, spacious, eccentrically paced, passionately sung: in short, everything you need a Tune-Yards’ tune to be.
And that accompanying video … Merrill and Nate are caught giving it the Chaplin vibes in their garage during lockdown, all magicked into stop-motion surreality via the talents of Japhy Riddle and Callie Day.
The title, of course, references the Beatles song, and addresses just where we’re at as a society based on whose stories are told, celebrate and elevated.
Merrill 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.”