There’s no artist out there quite like Tanya Tagaq. Listening to her music, all the more in a live context, creates each and every time a truly unique, absorbing and intense experience. Always innovating and pushing boundaries with every release she puts out, the immensely talented Inuit throat singer has announced a new 5-track EP, following 2016´s album Retribution, which was one of our 15 Picks of the year and remains an active favourite. Entitled Toothsayer, the music on the EP was originally commissioned by London´s National Maritime Museum to accompany an exhibition called Polar Winds, and features percussionist Jean Martin and electronic producer Ash Koosha. “I named this Toothsayer because I always liked the term soothsayer, to look into the future and to speak wisely,” explained Tagaq. “Teeth represent protection and hunting in nature. We are going to have to get our fists up and our teeth out to carve our way to survival in this world.” The album title is also linked to Tagaq’s first book, Split Tooth, a novel about a girl growing up in Nunavut in the 70s, blending memoir with fiction.
Ahead of the EP´s release on March 1st through Six Shooter Records, Tagaq has shared the otherworldly and compelling first single ‘Snowblind’. As the the title suggests, it “expresses the sensory experience of snowblindness, a condition that can produce colourful pulsating shapes amidst darkness,” describes the press release. “The contrast of brightness and darkness, a recurring theme in Tagaq’s work, is at once environmental, physical and emotional and political.” Listen to ‘Snowblind’ now.
Weaves earned a Polaris Music Prize nomination this year for their self-titled debut album, as did Tanya Tagaq for Retribution, which was one of our Album Picks of 2016. Weaves have a second album on the way, Wide Open, and it features a collaborative track with Tagaq called ‘Scream’. Fresh off their performance together at the awards ceremony, Weaves have unleashed a video for the track, serving as the third single from their upcoming record.
“I almost don’t think of ‘Scream’ as a song, it’s like a sculpture in the middle of the album, sticking out poking people like a 3D installation,” said Weaves’ lead single Burke. “This song came out of my heart. The band and Tanya elevated it in a way that’s just real and raw. It’s definitely an experience.”
Tanya Tagaq‘s Retribution is an album utterly powerful and urgent. One of our 15 Album Picks of 2016, we’ve hailed it time and again as an album to be treasured evermore. Tagaq has recently unleashed a video to accompany a quieter and soothing song from the album, ‘Sivulivinivut’, which means ‘Ancestors’ and finds her singing in Inuktitut. Featuring the Northern Sky, the video was directed by Light Echo Productions. Watch it below.
Adult Swim have started rolling out new music as part of their 2017 singles series, which is set to feature artists from the likes of Brian Eno, Explosions in the Sky, Julian Casablancas, Thundercat and Run the Jewels, to name but a few. We’re in for a treat with their latest instalment coming from the hands of Tanya Tagaq, whose latest album Retribution was one of our 15 Album Picks last year. Entitled ‘Frostbite’, the new single is both otherworldly and delicate and you can listen to it below.
Tanya Tagaq‘s Retribution was one of our 15 Album Picks last year, an album to be treasured evermore, portraying and protesting environmental and human rights violations and abuse. Tagaq has unveiled a video for the album track ‘Ajaaja’, “a song that connects people across families and generations” as she put it herself. The video was directed by Light Echo Productions and you can watch it below.