Basia Bulat is set to perform at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen in support of her latest album Good Advice, which was released earlier in 2016, and amassed an impressive 100,000 streams in its first week of release.
Bulat teamed-up with friend and collaborator Jim James of My Morning Jacket on the album’s production, driving 600 miles from her home in Montreal to La La Land recording studio in James’ hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Bulat originally met James backstage at the Austin City Limits music festival; the two reconnected when she toured with him in the summer of 2013 and became friends.
Good Advice is a departure from Bulat’s previous work, with her voice backed up by drums, bass, electric guitar and keys. James plays electric guitar, synth, saxophone and bass on the album; further Louisville guests including members of Houndmouth, Twin Limb, Seth Kauffman of Floating Action and more also join Bulat.
The album is clearly one which Bulat believes echoes natural instincts and feelings. “Pop songs can take all those big statements and those big feelings that you have,” Bulat says. “You don’t need to necessarily have everything so detailed because everybody understands. Everybody understands those feelings.”
The album follow’s her critically acclaimed work 2013 release Tall Tall Shadow, which was Juno and Polaris Music Prize-nominated.
Since the release of her debut album, Oh My Darling, Bulat has shared the stage with artists including Arcade Fire, The National, Nick Cave, St. Vincent, Beirut, Andrew Bird, Tune-Yards, Sondre Lerche, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Head and the Heart, Owen Pallett, Devotchka and many more. Known for her talents on little-known instruments including the autoharp and charango, Bulat has also been tapped for tributes to Leonard Cohen and The Band.
Basia Bulat performs at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on 14 April 2016.