Thao and Mirah “Eleven (featuring tUnE-YarDs)”

By One Track Mind on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011  |  2,522 views

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Thao and Mirah “Eleven (featuring tUnE-YarDs)” Thao and Mirah “Eleven (featuring tUnE-YarDs)”

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“Eleven” starts off with a percussive intro that never lets up. The rim shots conjure up the sort of street festival that I might actually want to attend. These rhythms form the song’s engine, and they continue to surge forward throughout the track. Synths join in, ebbing and flowing almost carelessly.

At its core, “Eleven” revolves around its innovative vocals. The song’s three vocalists, Thao Nguyen, Mirah, and tUnE-YarDs sing in unision: “Love is love / Don’t ever go away.” The group vocals soon cede to Thao’s low singing, which is practically a chant: “I’m the traveling gentleman / I knew I would come back again.” Then Mirah’s higher voice alternates loosely with Thao’s, while tUne-YarDs, whose given name is Merill Garbus, tears up the background vocals.

Thao and tUne-YarDs have a history of collaboration. tUnE-YarDs offered guest vocals on “Easy” from Know Better, Learn Faster, which was Thao’s last release with the Get Down Stay Down. The song was on of the album’s highlights.

If I may refer to the over-used Nigel Tufnel Spinal Tap reference, it is the addition of Garbus’ sensibilities to this remarkable new track from Thao and Mirah that “turn it up to eleven.” The venerable Kill Rock Stars released Thao and Mirah on April 26, 2011. The album, which Thao, Mirah, and Merill co-produced, has (you guessed it) eleven tracks, and kicks off with “Eleven.”

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