“No water in the water fountain / No phone in the phone booth.” Sound like a city near you? That's the refrain in “Water Fountain,” the first single from Nikki Nack, the upcoming third album from Oakland's tUnE-yArDs. And it is verrry tUnE-yArDs: third-world drums, a palpable funk, a delicate vocal thread woven by Merrill Garbus through the layers of rhythm. And then, of course, moments of beautiful eruption and cacophonous breakdown — complete with “Wooh-Ha!” chorus.
In three minutes and eight seconds, it illustrates everything we love about tUnE-yArDs. Give a listen: