Basia Bulat has unveiled her latest single Already Forgiven and confirmed a run of UK tour dates including YES Manchester.
Bulat has joined forces with Jim James of My Morning Jack to put together her new album Are You In Love? which is due for release on 27 March.
Already Forgiven was recorded during a session in Joshua Tree and is accompanied by a video shot on Kodak film and directed by Nora Rosenthal and Brian Sokolowski.
Speaking about the track and creative process, Basia Bulat commented, “The word [forgiven] means something different to everyone and I have spent a long time trying to figure out what it means to me. I felt like I had been trying for many years to accept and acknowledge pain and past suffering without letting it define me or hold me back, and while writing this song I feel like I finally found a space in my mind that lets those thoughts flow like water through my hands. A place that has clarity and stillness but also moves like a breeze. And it feels like it’s always been there but the path to it is fickle and difficult—singing these lyrics for the album was one of the hardest days for me, because I really wanted to believe myself when I was singing, and that feeling determines its own schedule.
“One day Andrew recorded the wildest wind outside and sent the signal through a path of electronics and the swirling feeling of those floating melodies that drift through the song are as important as the lyrics to me. The harmonies are there even if you can’t hear them at first listen. It can take years to say it, but you’re already forgiven.
“The accompanying video was shot on Kodak film and directed by Nora Rosenthal and Brian Sokolowski. Rosenthal says, “For Already Forgiven we knew from the outset that the video had to be about the feel of the song, about embracing its physicality—you can literally hear the wind in the track. When a friend of Basia’s showed us the place where we ended up shooting I think we were all astounded. It’s so magical, so otherworldly. The quality of the place itself really drove the energy of the shoot, kept us inspired even when it grew dark and cold at the end of the day.” Sokolowski adds, “Our decision to shoot on 16mm film was motivated by our collective desire to capture a certain texture and dustiness that is hard to achieve with digital. There’s always a certain risk and an intense focus and rhythm you get into when shooting on film, and that feeling of pressure and uncertainty, of potential, lent itself really well to the project.”
When does Basia Bulat headline at YES Manchester?
Basia Bulat headlines at YES Manchester on 26 September 2020. The Manchester gig is the opening night of her three date tour:
26 September – Manchester, YES
27 September – Leeds, Headrow House
28 September – London, Omeara
Image of Basia Bulat courtesy Richmond Lam