ISKWÉ – “DISTURBED”
THE FIGHT WITHIN (2017)
July 8, 2018
Iskwé is a force to be reckoned with. This powerhouse voice could melt even the most solid Canadian glacier. Blending R&B with traditional indigenous influences, it’s no wonder this album was long listed to the Polaris Music Prize. Keep your eyes on this one, Iskwé has only just begun.
Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and breakaway from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of Iskwé’s artistic vision since the release of her WCMA nominated self-titled debut album in late 2013. Her debut single “Nobody Knows,” produced by Juno Award nominees The Darcys and featured in the Netflix series Between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women here in Canada.
Unafraid to challenge the convictions of her detractors by honouring her heritage, standing steadfast in her viewpoints, Iskwé’s artistry knows no bounds. Blending soulful, breathlessly delivered lyrics coloured by the many shades of human nature with a sonic palette that takes its cue from the shadowy atmospherics of the 1990s Bristol sound, Iskwé’s music revels in her strength of self and that is her true rallying cry.
Iskwé garnered a win at the 2017 West Coast Music Awards (WCMA) for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year and her 2017 album The Fight Within recently received a JUNO nomination for Indigenous Music Album Of The Year.
Bio courtesy http://iskwe.com/about/
Road to Polaris
The “Road to Polaris” Track of the Day series will highlight one of the 40 exceptional albums nominated to the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Long List. On July 17, ten of these albums will be nominated to the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List, with the 2018 Polaris Music Prize being announced at the Gala on September 17. Congratulations to all 40 artists whose albums have been nominated this year. For more information on the Polaris Music Prize read our feature “Behind Closed Doors – What’s Behind The Polaris Music Prize Grand Jury“.