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On this 10”, quirk-pop queen tUnE-YaRdS has her way with a couple of Yoko Ono originals, with a cover of ‘We’re All Water’ followed by a remix of ‘Warrior Woman’. The cover is a skeletal and poppy run through the song with cut-up vocal harmonies accompanying Ms YaRdS’s distinctive voice while a sparse, rhythmic backing which to mind Menomena in places. Towards the end the rhythmic patterns have a bit of an African feel and there’s some classy layered vocal counterpoint. It’s an excellent cover actually.
The remix retains the vocal narrative of the original but throws in lots of wacky gated stop-start weirdness which has tUnE-YaRdS written all over it, all intense chopped up percussion and weird bursts of melody with a nice fat bass sound towards the end. The combination of the bombastic modern production touches and Ono’s coy, lilting voice which really reminds me of Deerhoof. This is a really fun 10”, much less hard work than the collaboration Ono did with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon last year. There’s an Ono-designed etching on the B side, too. “Looks like someone has sneezed on it,” says Phil.
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