“Tanya Tagag propose un disque dense, riche, complexe, et tout simple à la fois, car avec des pièces majoritairement sans paroles, on peut donner le sens de notre choix à cette musique. Bref, c’est simple et complexe comme nous le sommes tous, comme chaque être humain.” –
Retribution , the fourth studio album Tagaq, sees once more the artist to use her throat, her tongue, her femininity, her sensitivity and the combination of strength and fragility to create a set of musical pieces which move, shock, shake and above all, leave no one indifferent.
In a recent interview with CBC , Tanya Tagaq said that everyone can interpret the meaning of his songs as they wish. For example, when listening to a piece like Nacreous , which opens onto a singing somewhat threatening throat, one can quickly feel a sort of anxiety.
In the four-minute piece, the voice of Tagaq, which seems to be changed electronically at times, multiplies. We hear the sweet melody that Tanya is brilliantly juxtaposed with disturbing throat noises, then there’s plaintive voice back, followed by a series of rhythmic sounds. All this is put on a musical background very airy, giving the impression that we find ourselves in a strange dream.