We’ve had our ears on Tanya Tagaq for a while now. The tantalizing Canadian Inuit throat singer released recently her third album, Animism, a groundbreaking effort that won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize last year and the award for Aboriginal Album of the Year at the 2015 Juno Awards.
So we’re delighted to know that Tanya’s music is gracing a gorgeous stop motion short film, The Lion’s Teeth, directed by her friend Emilio Rojas. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“Last summer I collected 10,000 dandelion flowers, approximately 300,000 seeds. Since then I’ve been working them in my artistic practice, and ‘The Lion´s Teeth’ is one of the results from these explorations.
I was introduced to Tanya by a childhood friend of hers at her performance of Nanook of the North, in 2014. I was deeply moved by her show, it really struck a chord, and I spent most of the concert in tears. I started listening to her music as a source of creativity, and during the collection of the dandelions, I would listen to her work while gathering the seeds. Her voice was one of the sources of inspiration for this yearlong project and it kept me going through this extremely laborious and strenuous process.
I finished the video last week and showed it to Tanya. She was really excited about it and asked me if she could share it, which is a total honour.”
Watch ‘The Lion’s Teeth’ below.
In other related good news, Tanya Tagaq is performing a special show in London on May 19th at Village Underground.
Animism is out now via Six Shooter Records.