Favorite

Rhythm & Views 

Basia Bulat

With the American release of Oh, My Darling, Canada's Basia Bulat finally comes stateside, which is a boon for lovers of crisp folk-pop delivered with tinges of country and gospel.

The motifs here are handclaps, syrupy string accompaniments, jangly autoharp and simple guitar joined by harmonica, flute or rickety drum kit. The songs have a vintage feel, as if they're lost spirituals that Bulat has unearthed for us. It's a nice aesthetic, and the album's folkloric warmth radiates in the loveliness of "Little One," the foot-stomping celebration of "In the Night" and the sparse devotional charm of the title track.

Oh, My Darling has a pagan flavor overall, with song titles like "The Pilgriming Vine" and "Snakes and Ladders." But this is no Faun Fables. Sure, the songs feel like they'd be best heard around the campfires of a gypsy wagon train, but this becomes a virtue rather than a vice. This success rests squarely on the irresistibility of Bulat's vocal melodies. It's hard not to sing along, and after the first listen, I found myself humming her choruses while doing the dishes.

Bulat's voice sometimes conjures the spirit of Carly Simon, and her wordplay recalls Joni Mitchell (especially considering most of the songs revolve around a female speaker who risks her heart for love and who, when she suffers for it, survives emboldened rather than embittered). I guess "originality" can be overrated: Bulat's album satisfies because of its instant familiarity and wholeness of heart.

More by Sean Bottai

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

Festival Season Is Coming To Tucson

Song of the Day: 'The Jones' by John D. Loudermilk

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Standing Tall: Jillian and The Giants

    Jillian and The Giants’ smoky debut rises on folk, soul and rock and fishes flying in airplanes
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • HOCO Delights

    Y La Bamba bring it to Tucson as part of the HOCO four-day music love fest
    • Sep 1, 2016
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation