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 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.
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“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.
Directed by Stephanie Comilang.
"As the days were getting shorter and summer was coming to a close I flew to Berlin to work with director Stephanie Comilang on a video for Tall Tall Shadow. We holed up in a studio with her creative team in Kreuzberg and didn’t see daylight for 48-hours. We made a secret, lo-fi dance club for ourselves and brought a forgotten camera and lost tapes back to life. We left with a video of light and shadows, equal parts a throwback to VHS and analogue techniques and an homage to a few of our favorite artists." - Basia Bulat
Could Basia Bulat Be This Generation's Joni Mitchell?
Bruised purity became passion --- the song became instantly personal. The voice I'd thought perhaps too pretty turned urgent: "You're running away/but the shadow is your own." And then I had to listen to all ten of the songs on "Tall Tall Shadow."
Basia Bulat's long awaited third full length album, Tall Tall Shadow, is out today. It's available on iTunes, Amazon, directly from us, and wherever fine records are sold.
Bulat was featured last week on CBC's Q with Jian Gomeshi, who called her "a musically gifted artist starkly putting herself in the spotlight." Now Magazine recently gave the album four stars, stating “aside from the fundamental beauty of her vocals, the raw emotion in every note creates a sense of intimacy,” adding “the title track is one of the best Bulat’s ever written.” Yesterday, The New York Times featured the album in their Sunday Playlist, gushing “Ms. Bulat has a voice well suited to interiority, warm and honeyed.” Her worldwide tour begins tomorrow night in Montreal.
Most of the songs on “Tall Tall Shadow” (Secret City), the third album by this singer-songwriter from Ontario, unfold like notes to self, even when they’re addressed to a notional “you.” These songs bear titles like “From Now On” and “Promise Not to Think About Love,” and strike a sound that nods to Fleetwood Mac and the early Joni Mitchell. Ms. Bulat has a voice well suited to interiority, warm and honeyed, though it cuts through the reverberant throb of the music.
Pour l’auteure-compositrice-interprète torontoise Basia Bulat, la mort d’un être cher l’a poussée à courageusement mettre de côté tout le travail déjà entamé sur son troisième album. S’en est alors suivi une période de création fertile qui lui a non seulement permis d’écrire des textes très personnels, mais aussi d’explorer de nouveaux horizons musicaux (avec synthés, piano et charango péruvienne). Tall Tall Shadow, qui paraîtra mardi prochain sous étiquette Secret City Records, est un album folk surprenant aux arrangements riches en contrastes et en textures.
Basia Bulat has the kind of voice that works its way through your ears to take up residence somewhere in your heart. Aside from the fundamental beauty of her vocals, the raw emotion in every note creates a sense of intimacy – a quality that strongly informs her third full-length.
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