tUnE-yArDs, the soulful project of rhythmic wunderkind Merrill Garbus, has released a second music video from this year’s excellent nikki nack. Following in the kaleidoscopic footsteps of “Water Fountain,” the video for “Real Thing” couples tUnE-yArDs’ now-signature aesthetic with political symbolism.
Garbus’ crooned lines like “I come from the land of slaves / Let’s go Redskins, let’s go Braves” are now accompanied by drab mannequins picking the colorful singer off an assembly line and shutting her in a box of packing peanuts. She describes the video as “a simple and light-hearted backdrop for some complex and weighty ideas.”
“‘Real Thing’ was the one song I didn’t want to make a video for,” Garbus said in a statement. “It has too many images of its own in the lyrics, and could mean so many different things for different listeners. What changed my mind is wanting so much for this particular song to be heard by more people.”
tUnE-yArDs also announced additional December shows, including four at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. Check out the video and tour dates below.