Secret City Records will release Basia Bulat’s long-awaited third album, Tall Tall Shadow on October 1st. Co-produced with Grammy-winning engineer Mark Lawson and Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury, Tall Tall Shadow marks something of a departure from her earlier work. “This time around I felt braver,” Basia says, “I wanted to play with electric and electronic sounds, exploring the boundaries of the folk music some people know me for.”
Tall Tall Shadow follows 2007’s Polaris-nominated debut, Oh, My Darling, and her Juno-nominated 2010 album Heart of My Own, which was praised by NPR for its focus on her “unwavering voice, a single powerful element.” Tall Tall Shadow is inspired in equal parts by tragic loss and abundant joy. “Writing songs,” she says, “I've been trying to just get out of my own way - just trying to be truthful with myself about the kind of thoughts and feelings that are coming up.”
In the studio, Bulat says, “I wanted a challenge … something different,” which her co-producers helped to provide. “Mark hears things in my songs that surprise me,” she says, adding “Tim’s my good luck charm; he can play almost anything and everything, and my best vocal takes happen whenever he’s in the room.”
Basia has garnered great critical acclaim over the years; SPIN praises the singer’s “bright harmonies and … resonant alto voice” while Pitchfork praises her “rare, extraordinary voice.” She has toured in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia sharing the stage with artists including Andrew Bird, St Vincent, Beirut, tUnE-yArDs, Arcade Fire and Nick Cave. She has collaborated with Owen Pallett, who created orchestral arrangements of a selection of Basia’s songs that have been performed by many Canadian orchestras. Basia has also been invited in recent years to aid in feting Canadian legends Leonard Cohen (Glenn Gould Prize, 2012) and Daniel Lanois (Governor General’s Award, 2013).
Basia Bulat performed on Canada AM this morning to highlight her Juno-nomination for Tall Tall Shadow in Adult Alternative Album of the year.
If you missed it, click here to watch!
Basia will be on tour with The Head in The Heart shortly, check out the full tour dates here.
Les chansons de Tall Tall Shadow font de Basia Bulat plus qu'une simple chanteuse folk, de par la variété des arrangements et l'intensité des mélodies. Il s'agit de son album le plus audacieux, avance-t-elle. « Il n'y avait pas l'idée de départ de faire un gros changement, mais de raconter de la meilleure façon l'histoire des chansons, dit-elle. Je n'avais jamais autant expérimenté avec les arrangements et avec toutes les directions qu'une chanson peut prendre après avoir été enregistrée. »
Congratulations to Basia Bulat for her nomination at The JUNO Awards in the Adult Alternative Album of the year category!
Don't miss the gala on Sunday March 30th on CTV!
Canada's legacy of female folk legends is secured in Basia Bulat, who has crafted the album of the year in Tall Tall Shadow. The 29-year-old singer/songwriter wields an autoharp, piano, organ, and a honeyed, raw voice that fans of Joni Mitchell and Feist would be foolish not buy into without prejudice post haste. Recorded in a naturally reverberating old dance hall and co-produced by Mark Lawson and Tim Kinsbury (a member of Arcade Fire), Tall Tall Shadow has a grandiose, ethereal sound that oozes comfort and joy, but the songs themselves are devastatingly tragic. Basia's plaintive vocal trilling on "It Can’t Be You" will break your heart; the cheerful doo-wop handclaps of "Promise Not To Think About Love" will stitch it back up again. With pure, powerful melodies, brutally honest lyrics, but always full of much hope, "Tall Tall Shadow" is a masterwork from a woman ready for prime-time.
To say that Basia Bulat's Tall Tall Shadow was a big part of Secret City's year is an understatement. We're really proud of Basia and this release, and as the year winds down are happy to see that we're not the only ones. The Huffington Post named Tall Tall Shadow the Canadian album of the year, besting some pretty big names including Arcade Fire and Drake, and calling it "a masterwork from a woman ready for prime-time." We couldn't agree more. Exclaim! has the album in the #4 slot in their Top 10 Folk albums of the year. And in case for some reason you don't follow Bob Odenkirk on Twitter, it's also his favourite album of the year. Good call, Saul.
Basia is featured in The New Yorker's "Winter Preview" this week to highlight her new release, Tall Tall Shadow and her upcoming show in New York City at the Bowery Ballroom on November 23rd.
To read the article, click here.
“I’m trying to let myself go a little more, which is a bit of an oxymoron.” On her third album, Tall Tall Shadow, the Ontario folk siren Basia Bulat softly busts open with a record more personal and with more production than her previous acclaimed efforts. The Juno-nominated artist recently spoke to The Globe about lightness, darkness and her tango with the charango.
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