w h o k i l l

Release date
18 Apr 2011
Running length
10 tracks
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1 My Country 3:42 100,681
2 Es-So 3:31 78,657
3 Gangsta 4:00 119,815
4 Powa 5:05 99,408
5 Riotriot 4:09 64,694
6 Bizness 4:25 149,325
7 Doorstep 4:18 64,414
8 You Yes You 3:35 64,648
9 Wooly Wolly Gong 6:09 55,171
10 Killa 3:12 56,956

About this album

Whokill (stylized as w h o k i l l) is the second full-length release by Merrill Garbus’ project Tune-Yards. It was released on 4AD Records on 19 April 2011.

The album covers a “formidable range of genres and styles” including acoustic folk, rock, R&B, punk, funk, free jazz and Afro beat. As on her first album, Bird-Brains, Whokill relies on heavily layering looped sounds – notably vocals, drums and ukulele – which multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/composer Garbus uses to create her sound.

Unlike the lo-fi Bird-Brains, which was self-recorded on a handheld voice recorder, Whokill was recorded in studio, resulting in a fuller and clearer sound. It was produced by Garbus and engineered by Eli Crews at New, Improved Studios in Oakland, California. Tune-Yards also fleshed out the line-up to reflect the live shows, adding bass player Nate Brenner, who co-wrote some of the album’s songs, and using horns on several tracks.

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