I was gutted to miss Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs) at Glastonbury last week. We heard an outstanding session from her on the Marc Riley show earlier this year, but somehow it’s only when you actually see her smashing out “Hatari” with nothing but a ukulele, that you appreciate the true wild originality of her talent.
The video below comes from the Secret Garden series produced by New York’s Hooves on the Turf blog, where they film artists performing a few songs outside the context of a regular show… In this case in a friend’s apartment in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn.
It just goes to show: you don’t need expensive equipment or production techniques to make truly gobsmacking music or – come to that – videos. All it takes is a bit of talent, a lot of time and the determination to make it happen.