For those unable to experience experimental Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq’s sonic contribution to National Maritime Museum’s “Polar Worlds” exhibit in situ in London, UK, Tagaq has announced that the
work will be released as a digital EP titled ‘Toothsayer’ via Six Shooter Records on March 1st, 2019.
‘Toothsayer’, a 5-track soundscape created for the exhibit, expands Tagaq’s prestigious compositional work with ambient electronic and piano-driven textures. With ecological precision and a
crypto-travelogue narrative, ‘Toothsayer’ features Tagaq working with long-time percussionist Jean Martin, who produced the EP. UK experimental electronic artist Ash Koosha, who met Tagaq for the
first time when the artists were invited to work together for a BBC Late Junction session in 2017, also performs on “Snowblind” and “Submerged.”
“Snowblind,” the first song shared from the collection, expresses the sensory experience of snowblindness, a condition that can produce colourful pulsating shapes amidst darkness. The contrast of
brightness and darkness, a recurring theme in Tagaq’s work, is at once environmental, physical and emotional and political.
“I named this Toothsayer because I always liked the term soothsayer, to look into the future and to speak wisely,” says Tagaq of the title. “Teeth represent protection and hunting in nature. We are
going to have to get our fists up and our teeth out to carve our way to survival in this world.”