Tune-Yards release new single “ABC 123”

Tune-Yards release new single "ABC-123"

Tune-Yards has released a new song, “ABC 123”, from forthcoming album I can feel you creep into my private life. Bandleader Merrill Garbus’ politically-infused lyrics set a foreboding scene, as she laments, “California’s burning down / Sitting in the middle of the sixth extinction.”

I can feel you creep into my private life is the fourth studio album and sees Tune-Yards now operating as a duo, with Garbus joined by long-time collaborator Nate Brenner. Together the pair wrote and produced the album, with Garbus’ lyrics exploring her place in the world, and ruminating on race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies. Tune-Yards worked with a mixer Mikaelin “Blue” Bluespruce (Solange, Skepta, Kendrick Lamar). Much of the album was recorded at John Vanderslice’s new studio, Tiny Telephone Oakland, in Oakland, CA and mastered in Harlem, NY by Dave Kutch (Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper).

Tune-Yards’ previous album Nikki Nack was released in 2014, and since its release the Oakland-based act has kept busy collaborating with David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono, as well as penning the standout track, ‘Action,’ from Mavis Staples’ Livin’ on a High Note album. Garbus also presents a monthly Red Bull Radio show called C.L.A.W. (Collaborative Legions of Artful Women), which highlights new music by female identifying producers, instrumentalists and vocalists. Meanwhile, Tune-Yards set up The Water Fountain, a fund for water-related causes which has donated over $75,000 to various non-profits since its inception.

Tune-Yards will tour the US throughout February next year, with Garbus and Brenner joined by percussionist Hamir Atwal.


December 6 – LOS ANGELES, CA, Moroccan Lounge
February 15 – SACRAMENTO, CA, US Ace of Spades
February 16 – RENO, NV, US Cargo
February 17 – CHICO, CA, US, Senator Theater
February 19 – PHOENIX, AZ, US, The Van Buren
February 20 – SAN DIEGO, CA, US, Observatory North Park
February 21 – LOS ANGELES, CA, US, El Rey Theater
February 22 – LOS ANGELES, CA, US, El Rey Theater
February 23 – OAKLAND, CA, US, The Fox Theater
February 25 – PORTLAND, OR, US, Wonder Ballroom
February 26 – SEATTLE, WA, US, The Showbox
February 27 – VANCOUVER, BC, CA, The Commodore Ballroom
March 2 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US, First Avenue
March 3 – CHICAGO, IL, US, Thalia Hall
March 4 – DETROIT, MI, US, Majestic Theater
March 6 – TORONTO, ON, CA, Danforth Music Hall
March 7 – MONTREAL, QC, CA, Corona Theater
March 8 – BOSTON, MA, US, Royal
March 9 – NEW YORK, NY, US, Brooklyn Steel
March 13 – GATESHEAD, GB, Sage Gateshead
March 14 – EDINBURGH, GB, The Liquid Room
March 16 – MANCHESTER, GB, Albert Hall
March 17 – LEEDS, GB, Church Leeds
March 18 – BRIGHTON, GB, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
March 20 – LONDON, GB, The Roundhouse
March 22 – BRUSSELS, BE, Botanique – Orangerie
March 23 – PARIS, FR, La Maroquinerie
March 24 – COLOGNE, DE, Gebæude 9
March 25 – AMSTERDAM, NL, Melkweg
March 27 – BERLIN, DE, Festsaal Kreuzberg
March 28 – HAMBURG, DE, Uebel & Gefährlich
March 29 – COPENHAGEN, DK, Pumpehuset