It’s guttural, breathy, off-putting and intoxicating as it mixes the elemental with the experimental.
Throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s music carries more visceral power in three seconds than most pop songs do in three minutes.
Tagaq, who has performed with Björk and the Kronos Quartet, incorporates punk, metal and classical influences with throat singing. Her 2014 album “Animism” beat out releases by Drake and Arcade Fire to win Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize this past September.
Throat singing, as Tagaq points out after her interviewer refers to her sound as “modern,” still is evolving like other types of music.
“For some reason, indigenous culture tends to be put in a museum, and put behind a glass case, when actually, we are thriving and alive right now, despite colonization,” said Tagaq, who grew up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, in the Canadian arctic. Now a Manitoba resident, she talked to The