Tune-Yards Nikki Nack on Colored LP
First Pressing on Colored Vinyl
Succeeding 2011's Whokill (an album that featured prominently in most year end lists and even topped the Village Voice's highly prestigious Pazz & Jop poll), Tune-Yards third album Nikki Nack is brilliantly playful, more than matching its jump-rope-chant title. Experiences in her time off between albums proved to be influential catalysts in the songwriting process; a life-affirming trip to Haiti, her upbringing, and finally catching up with 80's kid’s TV program Pee Wee’s Playhouse some 25 years since its first broadcast, were all topics at the forefront of Merrill's mind that helped to color the record.
Also eager to try something different, she worked with producers Malay (Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys, Big Boi) and John Hill (Rihanna, Shakira, M.I.A.) on some tracks; "I had to let go of tUnE-yArDs being rigidly my production. I have a very specific vision for the sound of the band and I don't think women producers get enough credit for doing their own stuff, so I was resistant – but we grew, Nate and I both, and the songs grew. And it turns out that's what's most important: the songs, not my ego,” Merrill says.
A record that could only have been made by its creator, at heart Nikki Nack is heavy yet still retains a sense of fun. Experimentation is still key for tUnE-yArDs. Where the loop pedal and the saxophone were main components of the first and second record respectively, it’s the drum that takes center stage here, augmented by greater use of synth and Nate’s growing prowess as a bassist.
Tune-Yards Nikki Nack Track Listing:
1. Find A New Way
3. Water Fountain
4. Interlude: Why Do We Dine On The Tots?
5. Time of Dark
6. Stop That Man
7. Real Thing
8. Wait For A Minute
9. Look Around
10. Left Behind
11. Hey Life
12. Rocking Chair