Good Advice is the fourth album by songwriter Basia Bulat. With an electrifying voice, lyrics like silver arrowheads, she has become one of Canada's most conspicuous talents. Since releasing her debut in 2007, Bulat has shared a stage with artists including Arcade Fire, The National, Nick Cave, Daniel Lanois, St Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Destroyer, Tune-Yards, Sondre Lerche, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Head and the Heart, Owen Pallett, Andrew Bird and Devotchka. She often appears solo in gigantic halls, winning over crowds with an autoharp or charango, stomping feet, two mighty lungs. But her massive talent has also been recognized at scale: her songs have been adapted for major performances with symphony orchestras, and she's been tapped for prestigious tributes to Leonard Cohen and The Band.
Bulat was born in Toronto, raised by Polish immigrant parents. She grew up listening to her mother's piano students, to Sam Cooke and Stax on the oldies station, later falling in love with Odetta, Stevie Nicks, Sandy Denny and Abner Jay. Although she emerged as part of Ontario's indie folk scene, befriending members of Ohbijou, Timber Timbre and Great Lake Swimmers, her first three records were recorded in Montreal. The first two, 2007's Oh My Darling and 2010's Heart Of My Own, were made with producer Howard Bilerman, an engineer who was then better known for noisy punk-rock albums, while 2013's Juno- and Polaris-nominated Tall Tall Shadow was produced with Mark Lawson (The Unicorns, Akron/Family) and Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury.
Don't forget, you can listen to Basia Bulat's new album "Good Advice" at CBC Music before it comes out this Friday, February 12th!
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Basia Bulat's new single "Fool" from upcoming album "Good Advice" is now available for download and streaming.
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Good Advice is coming out February 12th, 2016 on Secret City Records
Lanois’ song Shine was performed as a duet with Canadian songstress Bulat that highlighted the differences between his tentative vocals and her siren-like wail of assurance.
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"The results might rankle the odd folk purist, but they speak for themselves: Tall Tall Shadow, a record haunted by the recent passing of a good friend, is Bulat’s best and most distinctive work yet. Comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Neko Case and Sandy Denny can still be made, yes, but you can hear her truly finding her own voice here."
National Post Sessions invites musicians to perform stripped-down versions of their hits or favourite songs. This week, Basia Bulat performs Tall Tall Shadow.
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