Singer songwriter Basia Bulat, 31, isn’t a newcomer anymore. We have been seeing her on every Montreal and Toronto stage since her 1st EP came out in 2005. She played everywhere in Canada and the US since then, with her acoustic guitar, ukulele, autoharp or hammered dulcimer. Up to here, the perception of her material was essentially one of a typical folk singer: intimate songs played on the acoustic guitar.

All this going to change with her new album “Good Advice”, her 4th. Basia Bulat is taking a wider road and gets soul pop arrangements for her new songs. A bit like Coeur de pirate’s recent efforts, a bit like how “Sun” is different from every other Cat Power record.

Is it better than Bulat’s previous albums? No, it’s different. Her fans will still connect with her personality even in songs that are more soul à la Motown (In the Name Of) or smoother type of ambiances where the organ and drum dominate the music (the excellent Time). It’s still her beautiful, powerful and emotional voice that gets through first and foremost.

 

“Good Advice” is a break-up album, but it’s never sad. Recorded in Louisville, KT where My Morning Jacket leader Jim James directed her folk songs demo into blooming radiant pop songs. It follows up “Tall Tall Shadow” that got her nominated at the 2013 Polaris and Juno Awards. She had toured alongside acts like Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Lanois and Destroyer during the last two years.

Basia Bulat will probably gain fans with this album as she isn’t limiting herself to folk, that can be redundant after a while. Her new songs are richer in their arrangements which are very refreshing and feels new. For an artist that has the experience of a young veteran like Basia Bulat, I personally think it’s great to explore more genres, to challenge the patterns that can settle in. With “Good Advice”, she ups her game and its great news for the rest of her career.

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Catch her at Club Soda on February 18, at the Mod Club in Toronto the following day, and at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York on Feb 22. American residents of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Austin, Birmingham, Asheville, Raleigh, Washington, Philly (and so many others) will have the chance to hear her live in March, before she flies to Europe where dates in the UK, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands will keep her busy up to May 8th! All details here. Let’s bet the Match 25 date has a red star in her agenda, as she will play the Zanzabar in Louisville, KT, where the album was recorded.

BUSIA BULAT
Good Advice
(Secret City, 2016)

-Genre: soul pop folk
-In the same vibes as Coeur de pirate, Martha Wainwright, The Barr Brothers

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Nicolas Pelletier
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Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 4 500 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Nicolas a publié "Les perles rares et les grands crus de la musique" en janvier 2013, un ouvrage de 1250 pages en deux tomes.