BASIA BULAT performs the song "IT CAN'T BE YOU" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY LEAH HOBBS
"Ms. Bulat's voice is rich and nuanced, and her songs are as sophisticated as they are charming." —The New York Times
Secret City Records will release Basia Bulat's highly anticipated Tall Tall Shadow on October 1. The record is Basia's third, co-produced with Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire and Mark Lawson, Grammy-winning engineer of Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. Of the record, Basia says, "This time around, I felt braver—I wanted to play with exploring the boundaries of the folk music some people know me for."
Tall Tall Shadow follows Basia's 2007 debut album Oh, My Darling and 2010's Heart of My Own, of which NPR Music says Bulat's voice is "a single powerful element." SPIN praises the Juno-nominated singer's "bright harmonies and ... resonant alto voice" and Mother Jonesraves, "this crafty Canadian folkie turns seemingly simple songs into engrossing accounts of desire and regret."
Tall Tall Shadow is inspired in equal parts by tragic loss and abundant joy. To reflect that, Basia wrote more directly personal, emotional lyrics. The album marks a sonic departure from her earlier work, moving away from her long-time practice of writing songs on the guitar or autoharp and instead primarily using piano and charango, an instrument which Basia has been unable to put down since receiving it from a friend.
Basia chose to work with Lawson and Kingsbury knowing that they would not only challenge her but also push her music to new places. Several cuts on the album were recorded during live, full band takes, an achievement Basia attributes to the creative environment nurtured by her two coproducers.
Basia has garnered great critical acclaim; Pitchfork praises her "rare, extraordinary voice," and Filter declares "Bulat can pine with the best of them." She has toured in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia sharing the stage with artists including St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird and Nick Cave. She has also collaborated with Owen Pallett, who created orchestral arrangements of a selection of Basia's songs that have been performed by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Halifax Symphony Orchestra.
CREDITS / SPONSORS
Producer / Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Co-Producer/ Talent Booker: Leah Hobbs
Recorded & Mixed By: Taylor Nelson
Camera: Robert DiGioia
Admin: Atara Gottschalk
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