As a homesick student in Nova Scotia, Nunavummiuq Tanya Tagaq taught herself Inuit throat singing, customarily a game performed in pairs that ultimately leads to either breathlessness or laughter. On Sinaa, the sprite-like revolutionary invites listeners into the multiple caverns of her lone voice. Though much of it is not conventionally melodic, Sinaa merges innovation with tradition without the slightest hint of fromage, and fittingly, sometime collaborator Björk makes an appearance on the heart-wrenching Ancestors. Tagaq's guttural sounds may cause eight-year-olds and narrow-minded adults to dissolve in laughter, but she merges peerless vocals with percussion, piano and electronic snippets to create something wonderfully listenable. I wish there were a way of translating "uhhhmahwhaaabzzzbaaa" - and everything else Tagaq does vocally here - into language, but you can just let it melt your brain instead.
Tanya Tagaq joins the Global Divas bill at the Kool Haus tonight (Thursday, March 30).