n and around 2007 Merrill creates tUnE-YaRdS. She thinks the exasperating capitalization will buy her some time. In 2008 she released BiRd-BrAiNs, which she had recorded over a span of 2.5 years on a hand-held voice recorder. Sampling snippets of her life as a nanny on Martha’s Vineyard and later as a young musician in noisy urban settings, she weaved sounds together to make substantial rhythms and then layered her ukulele and vocals over top. Pitchfork even reviewed her album and mistook her ukulele for a guitar (which made the ukulele blush with pride).