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Albums Of The Week: Tanya Tagaq | Tongues

As always, the outspoken, groundbreaking vocalist has plenty to say on her sixth LP — and says it powerfully and brilliantly with the help of Saul Williams & Gonjasufi.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “You don’t think about what’s underfoot until it stirs. Tanya Tagaq, an experimental, improvisational, exceptional artist, has felt the land beneath her shake. To survive, you have to know what you’re doing. To survive, you have to trust in the body. Tagaq’s power, her voice, still comes from this place, where to defy nature is doom.

Tongues, Tagaq’s new album, enters deep chasms and dangerous spaces. Produced by Saul Williams and mixed by Gonjasufi, Tagaq’s Tongues speaks not to horrors and crisis, as previous Tagaq albums wordlessly, powerfully encircled, but directly of these things. Tongues is Tagaq at her most explicit and specific. Delicate, poetic passages from Split Tooth, Tagaq’s bestselling, award winning mythobiography, crash against an industrial, electronic exoskeleton.

Geoff Berner, novelist, shit disturber and chronicler of Tagaq’s albums, the Polaris Music Prize-winning Animism and Retribution, explains, “Tanya Tagaq’s new album is a manual for inner and outer revolution. It is the soundtrack of righteous taking-back of personhood and power. It is a triumph of strength and intelligence that invites the listener to join her in a personal victory over colonization, over those who take without consent. Tongues is a journey into a psychic place of healing, rebirth and artistic Power with a capital ‘P’ that will shake the world. You can count on Tanya Tagaq to do that.”