Started as a one-woman project in 2006 by
New England native Merrill Garbus, tUnE-YaRdS is set apart via its meld
of Appalachian Folk (ukulele being the most obvious signifier) and
numerous African elements, none more visceral than Garbus’ versatile
vocal delivery, which alternates between low-key crooning,
honest-to-goodness yodeling and full-on wailing.