Tune-Yards - Powa
I’m starting to look back on the year in music and assembling a few favorites. Little pleases me as much as Tune-Yards’ breakthrough in 2011. I have been sold on Merrill Garbus since I saw her at SXSW in 2009. Sure, she’s got great beats and catchy hooks, but what attracts me most is the way she confronts the listener with the grotesque. Physically, she’s not a typical rock n roll siren, and I love that she’s killing it in front of a public that’s obsessed with traditional beauty. Her lyrics are about desire, sex and power, but not the Hollywood versions. She writes about the ugly stuff - rejection, self-loathing, violence, and … well, I don’t have to spell it out. There’s no mistaking the subject of Powa, and that’s one reason it’s a favorite on w h o k i l l.