The Inuk artist, Tanya Tagaq, the striking cover star of our June 2015 issue, has just announced a new album, Retribution
Known for her jaw-dropping live performances and incredibly powerful throat singing, Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize (Canadian equivalent to the Mercury Prize) in 2014 for Animism – described as ‘experimental, visceral, intense and disturbing, this is essentially the definitive audio statement of contemporary nordicity in Canada,’ in our review in #115.
By all accounts, the follow-up to Animism will be even more powerful – a portrait of a violent world in crisis, with its focus, of course, on the Inuit perspective as Tagaq has become a committed spokesperson for the issues concerning the indigenous people of northern Canada.
Guests on the new album include Tuvan throat singer Radik Tyülyüsh, traditional Inuk singer Ruben Komangapik and Tagaq’s own daughter. Tracks include a cover of the Nirvana song ‘Rape Me’, which, according to Tagaq’s publicity, is one of the central themes of the album: ‘the rape of women, rape of the land, rape of children, despoiling of traditional lands without consent.’
Retribution is released on October 21 in North America and November 18 in Europe.