Last night Weaves closed out the Polaris Prize Gala with a powerful performance of "Scream" featuring their fellow nominee Tanya Tagaq. Today Weaves released the digital single along with its official video. The song is the third single from Wide Open LP (due out October 6th on Buzz Records, Kanine & Memphis Industries), following the anthemic "#53" and "Walkaway," and constitutes a dramatic departure from those initial offerings.
Despite being longtime friends, this is the first collaboration between Tagaq and Weaves' lead singer Jasmyn Burke, and their warped duet, which builds from a slinking, minimal opening toward an arresting and searingly intense peak, likely constitutes Weaves' wildest recording to date. Beginning with Burke's stark declaration that "we are living in a time when misery is just common circumstance," the song is both a personal statement and a ferocious rebuke to the societal forces that seek to erase and undermine marginalized voices.
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Watch Weaves ft. Tanya Tagaq Live Performance of "Scream" from the Polaris Music Prize Gala 2017