When Merrill Garbus released debut album ‘BiRd-BrAiNs’ in 2009 – a skewed pop record of pots-n-pans-for-drums, found sounds, plink-plonking ukulele and vocal yodelling – how she signed her moniker’s name pointed to tUnE-yArDs’ quirkiness, but not to her brilliance in marrying acoustic folk music with world rhythms and a hip hop bounce. ‘W h o k i l l’ sees the Canadian extinguish her fears that making a second record in a studio with other people, rather than in her kitchen, alone, might mean losing some of that early magic. tUnE-yArDs is still bonkers, and completely original. ‘Es-so’ may sound a little Beck thanks to its flangy ukulele, but it’s no worse off for it, and it’s the only track here that can justly be compared to anything else you’ve heard before, except for ‘BiRd-BrAiNs’, that is. A playfully stunning follow up.dot

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