Much as we love making Joyzine and everything that entails, on a grey and rainy day, when we’ve got a head cold and 200 emails looking for reviews for retro synthpop duos with ‘an eclectic range of influences’ to sort through, we do occasionally yearn for something unexpected to pop into our inbox.
Inuk punk artist combining traditional throat singing with experimental electronics, avant-garde compositions and classical expressionism in an album themed around rape, both literal and metaphorical: that ought to do it.
In ‘Retribution’, the title track from her recently released album (out now via Six Shooter Records), Bjork collaborator and champion of the rights of indigenous people Tanya Tagaq has delivered one of the most jarring, original and powerful tracks of the year, keeping us transfixed for every second of its eight minute duration with a building maelstrom of serrated strings, pulsing bass and the aforementioned throat singing, which provides an otherworldly edge to the unfolding drama of the track.
Retribution is out now on Six Shooter Records.
Tanya Tagaq tours Europe in January, playing the following UK dates:
23rd Leeds, Howard Assembly Rooms
24th London UK, Cafe Oto
26th London UK, Corsica Studios