Real Thing - tUnE-yArDs / Song-a-Day, 8/6/17

Hold on to your socks, because Merrill Garbus is about to knock you out of them.

The first time I heard "Real Thing" was a revelation. That night, I started to look up, watch and re-watch versions of tUnE-yArDs performing it at various radio stations until the sun came up. I had heard the band before, but something about this song in particular just made my jaw drop in awe. 

Garbus is best known for her unbelievable talents as a vocalist. She has an astonishing ability to use loop pedals to turn odd mouth sounds into enthralling polyrhythms. She's a fantastic singer with a deep understanding of melodies and harmonies and how to subvert expectations to make a song all the more exciting. And "Real Thing" is a super percussive, synthy bass jam filled with consistently thrilling moments. Enjoy!