Since releasing her debut album in 2007, indie pop-folk singer Basia Bulat has shared a stage with artists including Arcade Fire, The National, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Daniel Lanois, St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Destroyer and Andrew Bird. Juno nominated and short-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, she often appears solo, winning over the crowds with her autoharp or charango, stomping feet and electrifying voice. Her songs have been adapted for major performances with symphony orchestras and she’s been tapped to perform at prestigious tributes to Leonard Cohen and The Band.
Bulat’s fourth studio album, Good Advice (2016), expands the emotional palette even further. It was created when the London, Ontario chanteuse literally put a rough breakup in the rear-view mirror, jumped in her mom’s car and drove to Kentucky, where she and producer Jim James (My Morning Jacket vocalist) put the album together.
“From the very first pipe organ tones on Basia Bulat’s new album, Good Advice, listeners know they are in for a very unique indie folk-pop adventure,” says Scott J. Herman of ThankFolkForThat.com.
Good Advice is a significant high point in Bulat’s career. In the past, she was quickly categorized as ‘folk,’ when she is clearly so much more than that. It’s why James was the perfect producer to make this album with. Though Bulat has found a new sound, the folksy tunes that she is used to have by no means disappeared. Aesthetic Magazine Toronto says the sound is still quirky and even a little bit exotic amid ace production and catchy hooks, a reflection of Bulat’s musical upbringing and tastes.
Basia Bulat appears at the Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, on Nov. 1 and 2. Tickets start at $30. Discounts are available for groups of ten or more. Visit livingartscentre.ca or call 905-306-6000.