RETRIBUTION ON THE NEW YORK TIMES PLAYLIST

“Retribution” is a dire, cathartic warning from Tanya Tagaq, the Canadian Inuit avant-gardist who won the Polaris Music Prize in 2014. She merges the ancient, the primal and the high-tech. The eight-minute “Retribution” starts with her calmly declaiming about materialism despoiling Mother Earth. “We squander her soil and suck out her sweet black blood to burn it,” she recites, adding, “The retribution will be swift.” From there, she grows wordless, guttural and shamanistic — grunting, hooting, chattering, wailing and screaming through a video that has her dancing in urban environs. An implacable drumbeat, a cutting fiddle line, a distorted guitar, a dissonant string ensemble and a thickening squall of electronics are among the sounds that well up behind her, creating a tsunami of a crescendo that’s both ritualistic and rocking. J.P.