“Her sound is somewhere between the Karen Carpenter-esque mystique of Weyes Blood and the cool, echoing atmosphere of Neko Case… Are You In Love? may be jostling for your attention in a crowded field but it’s worth it.” – Metro – 4 stars ****
“The heart-tugging moments play to that devastatingly effective Appalachian-style yodel in Bulat’s voice: like on the Natalie Merchant-ish Light Years or on the ghostly, drum-free meditation Already Forgiven.”– Uncut – 7/10
“As ever, Bulat’s voice demonstrates a great range on an album that manages to weave between grand musical statements, driven by sweeping strings and surging compositions, to more stripped-back moments.”– Long Live Vinyl – 7/10
“Bulat’s smoky voice, with it’s trembling vibrato, is nimble, expressive, and an asset to any song… A graceful inventiveness characterises the album.” – Shindig
Basia Bulat’s new album Are You in Love? produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket is out now via Secret City Records / Remote Control Records.
In celebration of the release and given the circumstances, Bulat will host a special Instagram Live performance, tune in tomorrow Saturday 28th March beginning at 10am AEDT.
Somewhere in the middle of making Are You In Love?, Bulat took almost a whole year off. Because she had fallen in love, because her father died, because she had lost her sense of beauty and where it might be hidden. The recording began at Hi-Dez Studios in Joshua Tree but the album was not complete when Bulat returned home to Montreal. It would be nine more months before she would return to it. “Throughout this whole record, I was struggling between keeping it together and letting go,” Bulat explains, “between holding onto old narratives or accepting what’s before me.” The new record represents this time of death and grief, but also forgiveness, reinvention and love. “I want to make a really beautiful record about compassion,” she wrote to producer Jim James. The resulting album is gorgeous and startling, the sound of a singer who’s refusing to hide.
‘Your Girl,’. first single and video was filmed in northern Quebec and directed by Brian Sokolowski and second single and video ‘Already Forgiven,’ was shot on Kodak film and directed by Nora Rosenthal and Brian Sokolowsk.
Bulat is a three-time Polaris Music Prize finalist and has been nominated for three JUNO Awards. Since the release of her debut album, Oh, My Darling, Bulat has toured extensively. She has performed at such prestigious festivals as Montreux Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits and Newport Folk Festival. She has taken the stage at landmark venues like Carnegie Hall, Royal Theater Carré and headlined at Massey Hall. She has shared the stage with acts including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, St Vincent, Daniel Lanois, Arcade Fire, Neko Case, Beirut, Tune-yards, Lord Huron and Sufjan Stevens.