BASIA BULAT’S TALL TALL SHADOW OUT NOW ON SECRET CITY RECORDS

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, September 30, 2013

Basia Bulat’s new album Tall Tall Shadow is out today on Secret City Records. The Canadian singer/songwriter has premiered a video for the title track today, and will be on tour beginning tomorrow. Check out the video and full list of dates below.

To mark the release of her highly anticipated album Tall Tall Shadow, out today on Secret City Records, Bullett is premiering Basia Bulat’s video for the title track from her new album. Directed by Stephanie Comilang, the video was shot exclusively on VHS in Berlin, where Comilang resides. The video can be found HERE on Bullett and HERE on YouTube. Bulat was featured in this week’s New York Times Sunday Playlist, which says her music has a sound that “nods to Fleetwood Mac and the early Joni Mitchell.” Bulat kicks off her international tour tomorrow night.

Bulat co-produced Tall Tall Shadow with Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire and Mark Lawson, Grammy-winning engineer of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. The album is inspired in equal parts by tragic loss and abundant joy, which is reflected in more directly personal, emotional lyrics. It 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 Bulat has been unable to put down since receiving it from a friend.

Bulat 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 Tall Tall Shadow were recorded during live, full band takes, an achievement she attributes to the creative environment nurtured by her two co-producers. The album also features the work of one of her favorite collaborators, her brother Bobby.

The album follows Bulat’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.”

Bulat 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 Bulat’s songs that have been performed by the Halifax Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

 

BASIA BULAT TOUR DATES
October 1 Montreal, QC Cabaret du Mile End
October 4 Quebec City, QC Le Cercle
October 5 Ottawa, ON National Arts Center
October 10 Toronto, ON Polish Combatants Association
October 11 Toronto, ON Polish Combatants Association
October 12 Toronto, ON Polish Combatants Association
October 23 London, UK The Islington
October 24 Stockholm, Sweden Grand Central
October 25 Gothenburg, Sweden Pustervik
October 26 Oslo, Norway Gut Feelings
October 27 Bergen, Norway Landmark
October 29 Paris, France La Flèche d’Or
October 30 Berlin, Germany Comet Club
October 31 Groninger, Netherlands Groningen Museum
November 1 Brussels, Belgium Witloof Bar
November 5 Minneapolis, MN 7 St Entry
November 6 Stoughton, WI Stoughton Opera House
November 7 Chicago, IL Schubas
November 8 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
November 9 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
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 16 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
November 18 Arlington, VA IOTA Club
November 19 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
November 20 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
November 22 Somerville, MA Johnny D’s
November 23 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
November 29 Calgary, AB Festival Hall
November 30 Edmonton, AB Avenue Theatre
December 4 Victoria, BC Sugar Nightclub
December 5 Vancouver, BC The Rio Theatre
December 6 Seattle, WA Barboza
December 7 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
December 9 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
December 11 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Bar

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