For their music video for ‘Honesty’, Tune-Yards collaborated with Creative Growth, an organisation dedicated to providing a professional studio environment for artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Written and directed by Susan Janow, the animated mixed-media video stars Merrill as a ‘60s housewife finding freedom through an absurd journey from grocery store to tropical giant-food paradise. Susan Janow and other Creative Growth artists created everything from the dizzying backdrops to the costumes. Janow’s work has been shown in prominent collections and museums worldwide. Creative Growth is based in the vibrant creative hotbed of Oakland, CA, just blocks away from Tune-Yards’ studio.
Tune-Yards bandleader Merrill Garbus says, “Susan’s concept for the video played artfully against the lyrics of the song – I loved her idea of a bored, sheltered housewife having an ecstatic psychedelic experience involving weird jello food and lots of pizza. The topics of this album are heavy and light at the same time, and I’m so glad to have a video that brings out its joyful Dada side.”
Tune-Yards will wrap up a 30 date US tour later this month. Over the Spring and Summer they will perform at festivals worldwide including Sasquatch (US), Latitude (UK), Roskilde (Denmark), Fuji Rock (Japan) and more. In the autumn, Tune-Yards will hit the road opening 15 shows for David Byrne in North America.