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Monday, September 26, 2011

Get Random with tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus in the New "Gangsta" Video

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Merrill Garbus in the mirror
  • Merrill Garbus in the mirror

Those of you hoping for a repeat of the "Bizness" video's ultracute crispness may be disappointed -- tUnE-yArDs' new "Gangsta" video is a black-and-white bricolage of Garbusian whimsy. Captured, we're guessing, on tour with Merrill, Nate, and the Bay Area gang, this clip stitches seemingly random happenings together (flashing lights on a road sign, spirited dancing in nighttime streets, pre-performances glare in the bathroom mirror) into a chaotic and unpredictable montage.

But what the video lacks in plot or statement it supplies in bite-sized behind-the-scenes peeks into what Merrill Garbus, the Woman Saving Indie Music in 2011, is like behind the facepaint. (Also, Nate Brenner, her bass player and boyfriend.) Garbus yawns! She falls down! She moves here eyes really fast in a creepy way? (That's an effect, right?) All of it strikes a rather strange contrast with this gorgeous caterwaul of a song about striving, authenticity, identity. But nevermind the explanations; here's the video:


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