Basia Bulat hails from the forest city of London, Ontario, where she found her songs and stories dangling from the trees. Her debut album Oh, My Darling was engineered and produced by Howard Bilerman (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Arcade Fire, upcoming British Sea Power), and will be released on Rough Trade Records with an unreleased extra track. Basia’s songs are infused with sweet ragtime piano melodies, tender-hearted string arrangements, and a voice that has been compared to Elyse Weinberg and Leslie Feist (she was on the road with The Veils as a background vocalist.) Together with her backing band, Basia has begun bringing her unique blend of folk and chamber pop to audiences across Canada.
She will do a NY showcase at Joe’s Pub January 10 and will tour extensively beginning early February. “Little Waltz” is currently being used in an Australian VW commercial.
There will be a video for the single “In the Night.”
Using the most straightforward descriptors - jazz-inflected, orchestral folk pop with a dash of northern soul - make [Bulat’s music] sound more conventional than I'd like so instead, I'll try this. Basia Bulat sounds like springtime smiling. Her music is rich yet breezy, with a melodic enthusiasm that's nothing short of delightful.
- Frank Yang, Chromewaves
A pint-sized spitfire with cornsilk hair who could play the younger sister of Dawson's Creek's Michelle Williams, with charisma to burn...The best part of Bulat's set was her remarkable, throaty voice. The singer's almost viscous, full-bodied vocals shifted to suit her disparate songs.
-Sarah Liss, Now Toronto Magazine
It's hard to pinpoint what makes her music so wonderful. Her Joni Mitchell-influenced folk songs have an elegant grace to them... Her band does a lovely job making the songs complete, delicately adding strings, piano and percussion to put everything together.
- Mike Warner, The Torontoist