tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus has chosen her 35th birthday as the day to announce her third album, Nikki Nack. The follow-up to 2011’s breakout w h o k i l l will see release on May 6th through 4AD Records.
Word came that Garbus was working on the new record last summer, when she took a trip to Haiti in order “to situate [herself] in a non-western musical tradition.” She also took time to study drumming with Haitian-born musician Daniel Brevin to explore the finer points of unfamiliar rhythms.
As a sample of what the album holds, tUnE-yArDs is streaming a “megamix” of the whole thing. For a two-minute reduction of Nikki Nack, take a listen in below.
tUnE-yArDs has also revealed a new bounty of international tour dates in support of the release. With stops at Sasquatch!, Pitchfork, and Firefly music festivals, you can find her full itinerary below.
tUnE-yArDs 2014 Tour Dates:
05/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever
05/07 – Brooklyn NY @ Rough Trade
05/12 – London, UK @ Village Underground
05/14 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain
05/15 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher
05/16 – Brussels, BE @ Les Nuits-Cirque Royal
05/18 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
05/19 – Paris, FR @ Café de La Danse
05/23 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Ampitheater *
05/25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
06/01 – Houston,TX @ Free Press Summerfest
06/19- Toronto, ON @ North by Northeast – Massey Hall
06/21 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
07/19 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
* = w/ The National