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Shauna Seeteenak: Therapy Sessions

The Iqaluit artist covers a lot of stylistic ground: pop-ska reggae, trap-pop love ballads, and nu-metal guitars.

Shauna Seeteenak dropped her first album on Friday, August 27th, 2021, and she titled it Therapy Sessions.

Seeteenak is one of eight artists on the roster of Hitmakerz, which is a Nunavut music company.

Also, in Ottawa, she just participated in a new program by Hitmakerz.

“Iqaluit’s head-turning record label will transform an Ottawa-area mansion into an immersive content creation house dubbed the Hitmakerz Compound,” according to a press release.

Seeteenak was “slated to record music videos for upcoming single releases”.

The single “See The Light” is a four-chord pop chorus, but it breaks into an honest verse.

Shauna Seeteenak: latest music video

When I put on the album, I got hooked at first by the sounds on “The Prequel”. After that, “Makinnialiqtugut (We Will Rise)” breaks out into a chorus with happy harmonies that I enjoy.

Therapy Sessions covers a lot of stylistic ground. “Qiviktailigit (Don’t Give Up)” has a pop-ska-reggae feel, kind of Jason Mraz.

“Better with You (feat. Aasiva)” and “Nasty” are trap-pop love ballads. The production team must like this sound, because they use it more than the others.

“No Fakes” is a harder-hitting track, and so is “Surviving the North”. The latter shares a struggle with the cost of living and the demands of being in this country’s north. Rock guitars dominate.

“Too Many Coffins” is one of few pop songs with a sample of a sitting MP at the time, Mumilaaq Qaqqaq — although she just left parliament.

“Can’t Back Down” catches some sounds from early-2000s nu-metal — drums, vocal timbres, piano samples — but stays relatively light.

Therapy Sessions shows how indigenous music continues to mix genres well. It reminds me of the great performance we caught from Missy D, Sierra Baker, & DJ Kookum down here in Vancouver.

Seeteenak’s tone is true. I’ll always have time for an artist unafraid to document what’s on their mind so thoroughly.

Choose your streaming platform here and listen to the album Therapy Sessions by Shauna Seeteenak.

By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.