What’s on ACSOM’s Stereo? Basia Bulat’s new album ‘Are You in Love?’

Basia Bulat’s new album ‘Are You in Love?’ (produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket) is out now via Secret City Records.

Due to the pandemic striking the world right now, Bulat’s U.S. and Canadian spring tours will be rescheduled at a later date. “I’m still really looking forward to playing my new songs for you with my band when we’re all on the other side of this moment together,” says Bulat. “We plan to honour all tickets at the rescheduled shows – please hold on to your tickets for now and I’ll be sharing those new dates as soon as possible.”

Mesmeric… Her writing has taken on blazing new shape, with hooks as deep as heartbeats… The breakthrough tracks keep coming and ‘Love Is At The End Of The World’ closes things rapturously.”

★★★★ MOJO

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 on to 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 Sokolowski.

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, she has toured extensively, performing at such prestigious festivals as Montreux Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits and Newport Folk Festival. Bulat has also taken the stage at landmark venues like Carnegie Hall, Royal Theater Carré and headlined at Massey Hall, as well as sharing 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.

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