In advance of her headlining tour surriounding highly anticipated new album, Tall Tall Shadow, Basia Bulat will play several dates with Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Bulat will play these dates before embarking on a national tour in support of the album. Bulat's national tour supporting the album. Secret City Records will release Tall Tall Shadow on October 1. The record is Basia's third, co-produced with Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire and Mark Lawson, Grammy-winning engineer of Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. Of the record, Basia says, "This time around, I felt braver-I wanted to play with exploring the boundaries of the folk music some people know me for."
Tall Tall Shadow follows Basia's 2007 debut album Oh, My Darling and 2010's Heart of My Own, of which NPR Music says Bulat's voice is "a single powerful element." SPIN praises the Juno-nominated singer's "bright harmonies and . resonant alto voice" and Mother Jones raves, "this crafty Canadian folkie turns seemingly simple songs into engrossing accounts of desire and regret."
Tall Tall Shadow is inspired in equal parts by tragic loss and abundant joy. To reflect that, Basia wrote more directly personal, emotional lyrics. The album marks a sonic departure from her earlier work, moving away from her long-time practice of writing songs on the guitar or autoharp and instead primarily using piano and charango, an instrument which Basia has been unable to put down since receiving it from a friend.
Basia chose to work with Lawson and Kingsbury knowing that they would not only challenge her but also push her music to new places. Several cuts on the album were recorded during live, full band takes, an achievement Basia attributes to the creative environment nurtured by her two co-producers. The album also features the work of one of Basia's favorite collaborators, her brother Bobby.
Basia has garnered great critical acclaim; Pitchfork praises her "rare, extraordinary voice," and Filter declares "Bulat can pine with the best of them." She has toured in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia sharing the stage with artists including St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird 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 BULAT TOUR DATES:
*with Jim James
August 13 - London, UK - Servant Jazz Quarters
August 31 - Dundas, ON - Christie Lake Conservation (Harvest Picnic)
September 8 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
September 9 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown *
September 11 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall *
September 12- Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom *
October 01 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Mile End
October 04 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
October 5 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Center
October 10 - Toronto, ON - Polish Combatants Association
November 06 - Stoughton, WI - Stoughton Opera House
November 07 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
November 08 - St. Louis - Off Broadway
November 10 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
November 12 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox
November 13 - Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic
November 14 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
November 15 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
November 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
November 23 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
November 29 - Calgary, AB - Festival Hall
November 30 - Edmonton, AB - Avenue Theatre
December 04 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
December 05 - Vancouver, BC - The Rio Theatre
December 06 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
December 07 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
December 09 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
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