Toronto’s?Basia Bulat continues to make an obscure instrument cool on her third album?Tall Tall Shadow.?You don’t see a lot of the electric autoharp in indie folk, and it makes Bulat’s live show different than your average singer-songwriter show.
It wouldn’t be fair to focus only on her autoharp skills, however; that is just one side of?this talented multi-instrumentalist.?On?Tall Tall Shadow?she brought in Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire and Mark Lawson, producer of Arcade Fire’s?The Suburbs,?to co-produce the album with her and provide instrumentation as well. The result is an album full of diverse instrumentation with the sounds of organs, violins, electric autoharps, guitars, sparse percussion and piano reverberating throughout the stories constructed by Bulat. Her voice is full of emotion, portraying the feeling behind her words and letting the listener enter in. The songs almost feel spooky, the sparseness creating a sense of vulnerability.
This spooky edge is part of why Basia Bulat’s show with Timber Timbre at In the Dead of Winter is?Mixtape’s?Mix Pick for the festival. The two artists together will transform the Marquee Club into a room haunted by the sounds of earnest songs.
Basia Bulat plays the Marquee Club on Thursday, January 23 along with Timber Timbre and Quiet Parade. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets $23 advance/$28 door.?
Photo: Supplied/Colin Medley