Tanya Tagaq Covers Nirvana, Collaborates with Shad on 'Retribution' LP

BY Josiah HughesPublished Aug 17, 2016

Beloved throat singer Tanya Tagaq has finally announced the follow-up to her Polaris-winning 2014 effort Animism

The album is called Retribution, and a press release suggests that it explores some seriously grave themes. "This album is a cohesive, whole statement," the writeup reads. "Why sugarcoat it? This album is about rape. Rape of women, rape of the land, rape of children, despoiling of traditional lands without consent."

To get that message across, Tagaq has paired her singular approach to musicianship with some notable collaborators. These include Shad, Jesse Zubot, Jean Martin, Radik Tyülyüsh, Ruben Komangapik and Tagaq's own daughter Inuuja.

Along with her own compositions, Tagaq closes out the album with a haunting cover of Nirvana's "Rape Me."

Retribution will arrive on October 21 via Six Shooter Records. You can find a trailer for the album at the bottom of the page, while Tagaq's upcoming tour dates are listed below.


1. Ajaaja
2. Retribution
3. Nacreous
4. Aorta
5. Centre ft. Shad
6. Summoning
7. Cold
8. Sivulivinivut
9. Sulfur
10. Rape Me

Tour dates:

08/29 Santa Fe, NM - Lensic Performing Arts Center
09/28 Montreal, QC - TBA
10/01 Los Angeles, CA - The Broad
10/10 St. John's, NL - St, John's Arts & Cultural Centre
10/12 Corner Brook, NL - Corner Brook Arts & Cultural Centre
10/15 Charlottetown, PEI - Confederation Centre for the Arts
10/19 Moncton, NB - Capitol Theatre
10/20 Saint John, NB - Imperial Theatre
10/21 Fredericton, NB - The Playhouse
11/10 Fairbanks, AK - Hering Auditorium
11/17-18 San Francisco, CA - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
11/26 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre


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