Tanya Tagaq Shares Two Versions of New Single "Colonizer"

Both tracks are set to appear on her forthcoming album 'Tongues'

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Nov 16, 2021

Tanya Tagaq has come forth with "Colonizer" and "Colonizer (Tundra Mix)" — a double-header single and the latest offering ahead of her forthcoming album Tongues.

"These two mixes of 'Colonizer' are so different but we liked them both equally," Tagaq wrote on Twitter, describing the song in both its iterations as "a reflection on accountability and action."

The original version of "Colonizer" was a product of the artist's improvised live show, overlooking New York City's Columbus Circle while onstage with Nanook of the North in Manchester as a response to performing in colonial spaces.

"Oh, you're guilty," Tagaq sings. "It's not a question," she added in a press release.

"Colonizer (Tundra Mix)" came together in the studio as a collaboration between the singer-songwriter, album producer Saul Williams and Gonjasufi. Both iterations of the track represent the array of sounds Tongues will balance — between electronic and industrial, as well as poetic passages from Tagaq's 2018 book Split Tooth.

Tongues will mark the full-length follow-up to the Inuk experimentalist's 2016 album Retribution.

Listen to both mixes of "Colonizer" below.

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