Nikki Nack, the new album from tUnE-yArDs, is out May 6 via 4AD. Right now, you can listen to a track from the new Merrill Garbus project called "Water Fountain." Hidden within its snappy clapping game and that Busta Rhymes reference, its globo-ebullience shrouds a politic doused in gasoline and practising its fire-spinning: "blood-soaked" indictments of capitalism via baked good transactions and musing "why do we just sit here while they watch us weather till we're gone?"
It retains the restlessness of the global tradition of revolutionary folk composed covertly under authoritarian gaze, without settling on a country or system to push back against. It's essentially a gift to anyone anywhere feeling a squeeze around their existence. And as Garbus pleas to read between the lines, to actually "listen to the words I say" as they get louder and more frantic, the song itself seems to fray with encroaching digital mess on her booming chorus, heightening the urgency. Her ability to rouse is still intact, and now she's left us with a distinct impression to do more with our energy than just dance, and quickly.