Tune-Yards - I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
Returning officially as a duo, Merrill Garbus reuniting with long-time collaborator Nate Brenner, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life sees Tune-Yards on funky floor-filler form, tinged with more anxious tension than their previous releases like a dark ominous cloud. With four years separating this and critically lauded third album Nikki Nack, several collaborations with peers such as David Byrne, Merrill’s C.L.A.W. (Collaborative Legions of Artful Women) radio show, and The Water Fountain charity, this latest release is as immediate, powerful, and slinky as one could hope for.
The pair have long drawn from a deep well of musical inspiration from pop, hip-hop, rock, Afrobeat, and Caribbean rhythms before crashing them together into a vivid kaleidoscope of sound. I Can Feel You… still draws on this well but veers more heavily towards 80s house and hip hop beats than any of their previous work, with the crisp brittle synth and drum only adding to the social angst and struggle with modern identity themes pervading throughout the record. Highlights include the frenetic drum machine claps and stabbing strings of ‘Heart Attack’, ‘Now as Then’’s jittery groove, the four on the floor political funkiness of ‘ABC 123’, and the glitchy examination of racial identity and relations of ‘Colonizer’ that threatens to collapse in on itself at any point.
Tune-Yards have consistently received acclaim from critics and peers since year dot, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life is no exception to this rule. While it isn’t as heavily African or Caribbean influenced as their previous albums and produces a starker feel, it does not suffer as result. Constantly surprising, effortlessly groovy, Tune-Yards have made the first great album of 2018.