On Merill Garbus’ second release as the brashly rainbow-hued whirlwind that is tUnE-yArDs, the musician traipsed into a real recording studio to put forth the brassy, ballsy and cathartic Whokill [4AD]. Garbus’ first album Bird-Brains) , self-recorded, left a huge impression for its nothing-held-back attitude. This time around, a little production ups everything a few degrees hotter and even more technicolored. The A.V. Club calls it “the more experimental side of indie-rock”, but Garbus’ ‘experiments’ never come across as something she’s trying to get away with. Whatever she puts forward comes off as pretty genuine: her jazz-y/growly alto is full of punch and her penchant for sweet beats to back up whip-smart lyrics makes for a triple-threat. She’s definitely got something to say and all the wildness dancing around Whokill is not meant to distract — it’s meant to call attention.