The name of Merrill Garbus' musical project is tUnE-yArDs. It is not Tune-Yards. Garbus herself is lenient about this distinction, but the wacky lettering hints importantly at the ambitions of the Oakland artist's work: tUnE-yArDs leaps out from the order of a normal sentence. It refuses — bravely, but also somewhat childishly — to go along. It jolts you up and down, forcing you to deal with it not being like the rest of the words. Along the way it prods you into remembering that, with a little creative rebellion, letters can become small syntactical rollercoasters, startling and thrilling their readers, and maybe pointing them toward... More >>>
Anna M. Campbell
The whole kindergarten-facepaint thing is a charming part of Garbus' aesthetic.