TUNE-YARDS PERFORMANCE OF “hold yourself.” ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
February 23, 2021
WATCH THE VIBRANT PERFORMANCE HERE
“hold yourself.” IS OFF sketchy., OUT MARCH 26 VIA 4AD – PRE-ORDER HERE
“a joyful hymn to self-doubt” – Pitchfork on “hold yourself.”
Last night, Tune-Yards gave a buoyant, invigorating performance of “hold yourself.” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “hold yourself.” is off of their forthcoming album, sketchy. (3/26, 4AD) and hit #1 most added at AAA radio earlier this month. The duo of Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner were joined by longtime drummer Hamir Atwal as well as a saxophonist and singers in the brightly chromatic setting that could be pulled directly from a child’s imagination. Beneath the layered sounds of “hold yourself.” lies a clear-eyed moment of grief and simmering rage that builds from the song’s calming introduction to its explosive culmination.
WATCH: “hold yourself.” here: tuneyards.ffm.to/holdyourself
Unlike the lyrical introspection of Tune-Yards’ last release, I can feel you creep into my private life, on sketchy. Merrill balances self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries, reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards. The result is a colorful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone. “I started remembering that people come to us to be entertained, to move, to feel joy. And together, I think, we can wake up.”
sketchy. will be available digitally, and on CD, on yellow opaque, translucent blue and standard black vinyl on March 26, 2021.
1. nowhere, man
2. make it right.
5. silence pt. 1 (when we say “we”)
6. silence pt. 2 (who is “we”?)
7. hold yourself.
9. under your lip
10. my neighbor
11. be not afraid.