Transition with a Capital "T"
by Bonnie Stiernberg
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
Album: w h o k i l l
Sole Permanent Member: Merrill Garbus
For Fans Of: Dirty Projectors, The Books, Animal Collective
“This is Merrill.”
Merrill Garbus’ voice is calm and clear, but as the tUnE-yArDs frontwoman greets me on the phone from her Oakland, Calif. studio, I’m briefly taken aback as I realize I was half-expecting her to yell at me. If you’re familiar with the 32-year-old’s work, you’ll know this isn’t as unreasonable as it sounds. Although she can do ethereal and understated better than most, Garbus is truly in her element when she’s belting, her hurricane of a voice...