Label: Independent
Released: May 28

For Montreal’s Backxwash, the world has been a cruel place, and on God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It—this year’s Polaris Music Prize winner—she lets her story be known. Conceptually, and contextually, she remains resolute, unwavering in her unrepentantly violent apotheosis stemming from a lifetime of torturous conditioning. At its core, the album provides a respite from societal norms, rebuking everything they have to say. It’s aggressive, therapeutic, and cathartic; it’s Black trans retribution backed by a jarring horrorcore soundtrack screaming at the system. She's seizing self-acceptance through a raucously loud refusal to conform. Within 20 minutes, Backxwash reckons with biblical-sized concepts of self-identity, family, and religion—all while securing the bag with her Polaris win. —JJ Bottineau