Tune-Yards’ first album as a duo (Merrill Garbus is joined by long-time collaborator Nate Brenner) sees Garbus uncovering latent power in her voice via an MPC and lending the whole thing a feel extremely redolent of that moment in the early ‘80s where torch/soul singing hit electronics (think Yazoo, Soft Cell and Eurythmics). This works when the sounds aren’t too polite — opener ‘Heart Attack’ is gloriously lush but fails to engage as the sounds never rupture, remaining coffee table pristine throughout. Things get more successful when the sonics fracture a little and hit harder — it allows the songwriting to depart from verse-chorus predictability and start feeling structurally guided by the ruggedness of the sounds. Dig the strung-out Telepathe-style drama of ‘Coast To Coast’, the dubby post-punk of ‘ABC123’ and the wonderfully downered fuzzy-funk of ‘Home’. The weirder TY get, the better.