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Basia Bulat

Updated Oct 2013

Released: Monday 30th September
Label: Secret City Records
Formats: CD, LP + Download
Catalogue  number:  SCR033

Live: Tuesday 13th August @ Servant Jazz Quarters, London

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Basia Bulat releases her highly anticipatated third album Tall Tall Shadow on 30th September via Secret City Records.  Tall Tall Shadow is co-produced with Grammy-winning engineer Mark Lawson and Tim Kingsbury (Arcade Fire).

Basia’s vocals has been described as “mesmirising” by Q magazine and “viscious and full-bodied” by the Guardian. While overseas, Pitchfork have praised her “rare, extraordinary voice”and SPIN have hailed her music a “heart-wrecnhching tour de force”

Tall Tall Shadow follows Basia’a previous albums Oh, My Darling (2007) and Heart Of My Own (2010), which Drowned in Sound called “gold”, and a string of high profile live shows throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Basia has shared a stage with - among others - Andrew Bird, St Vincent, Beirut, Tuneyards, Arcade Fire 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 Halifax Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Basia has also been invited in recent years to aid in feting Canadian legends Leonard Cohen (for the Glenn Gould Prize in 2012) and Daniel Lanois (for the Governor General’s Award in April 2013). 

Tall Tall Shadow is inspired in equal parts by tragic loss and abundant joy.  “Writing songs,” Basia 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.” Musically, its a departure from her previous albums. “I felt braver, exploring the boundaries of folk music some people know me for” - Basia. The songs were primarily written on piano as opposed to Basia’s usual autoharp and guitar and while the Andean charango features heavily, there’s a move from a more traditional to an electronic sound. 

Bulat says, “I wanted a challenge … something different,” which her co-producers helped to provide in the studio. “Mark hears things in my songs that surprise me,” she says, adding “Tim’s my good luck charm; he can play almost anything, and my best vocal takes happen whenever he’s in the room.”  She also had the support of her longest standing collaborator—her little brother Bobby. “He’s still my favourite drummer, and he plays with the same raw energy.” 

Basia Bulat is playing a solo show at Servant Jazz Quarters, London on Tuesday 13th August with additional UK dates to be announced shortly. 


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