Whokill (or w h o k i l l, if you want to get technical) drops today, and the second album from Merrill Garbus' solo project is just as spastic, rhythmic, and annoyingly punctuated as BiRd-BrAiNs, its predecessor. Sonically, Garbus largely sticks to her guns--the album is filled with inventive percussion sounds, ukulele, wobbly bass, and Garbus' powerful, androgynous vocals. The higher-quality production on the new record is unsurprising given her move to 4AD, but it adds a certain depth that was missing from her self-recorded debut.
However, the real reason to give Whokill a listen is to familiarize yourself with the material before Tune-Yards play the Croc next Friday. As Reverb has pointed out, Garbus is an engaging and energetic live performer, creating and layering vocal and drum loops on the spot. Now she's now backed by a full band, as evidenced in this live performance of the excellent single, "Bizness," which you can watch after the jump.
Tickets for Tune-Yards' April 29 show at the Croc cost $12.