Photo by Philip Cosores
The Polaris Prize has a solid history of diversity, awarding Canada’s album of the year to all types of artists. In 2009, for example, hardcore experimental punks Fucked Up won for The Chemistry of Common Life. Last year, Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq shocked everyone when she bested the likes of Arcade Fire and Drake to win for her Animism LP. If two such vastly different artists can win the same award, imagine what it could sound like if they teamed up?
Well, imagine no further, as Fucked Up and Tagaq have shared a new collaborative track, “Our Own Blood”. According to Fucked Up’s Facebook post, the 30-minute song was “improvised” before the band invited Tagaq to add her unique vocals. Much of the track is the band’s droning post rock, but for a powerful span in the middle, Tagaq’s huffing and howling mixes in with heart-gripping results. “It’s for careful contemplation,” Fucked Up said in their post, “and we’d like you to take it from us.”
Contemplate it for yourself below.
This isn’t the only collaboration Tagaq has lined up, as rumors recently arose of her working with Owen Pallett on a new album.