THE RAW AND THE COOKED: TWO WAYS TO LISTEN TO TANYA TAGAQ’S “COLONIZER”

 

Tanya Tagaq has released two new songs from forthcoming Tongues, produced by Saul Williams and Gonjasufi. “Colonizer” and “Colonizer (Tundra Mix),” are moments for accountability, not deflection. Oh you’re guilty. It’s not a question.

The first “Colonizer” is Tagaq’s unambiguous response to performing in visibly and symbolically colonial spaces. The song clenches at the intersection of experience, violence and resistance, with droning, driving layers that throb, beat and buzz under Tagaq’s vocal rhythms.

“Colonizer (Tundra Mix),” hits differently, the product of creative marination with producers Saul Williams and Gonjasufi. Tundra Mix shows the collaborative and generative dimension of the Tongues studio experience and its potent mix of artists.

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