Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Tall Tall Shadow, the third album by Toronto singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, is the bravest album she
has made. Raw and spectral, heartbroken yet jubilant, these ten songs tell the story of a very hard
year in the artist's life and all the love that helped her through it.

Whereas the singer's past two LPs, including 2008's Polaris-nominated Oh, My Darling, were made
in Montreal's all-analogue Hotel 2 Tango studio, Tall Tall Shadow is a more modern thing. This is a
record with echo and reverb, electronic flutters and electric autoharp, voices that charge and
incandesce around buzzing guitars, lonely piano and rattling percussion.

To get to this place, Bulat co-produced the album with Tim Kingsbury and Mark Lawson. Kingsbury, a
member of Arcade Fire, "can play anything," she says. Lawson, who has worked on records with
Akron/Family and Colin Stetson, and who won a Grammy for his work on Arcade Fire's The
Suburbs, is a studio alchemist; "he hears [new] things" in Bulat's songs.

They started recording in Toronto, at a reverberating 60-year-old dance hall. Once again, Bulat put
together a band: her brother, the punk-inclined drummer Bobby Bulat; Holly Coish on keys and
backing vocals; Kingsbury and Ben Whiteley on guitars and bass. One song features Whiteley's
father, the folk legend Ken Whiteley, on gospel organ. But Tall Tall Shadow isn't acoustic folk music:
like Beck's Sea Change or Buckingham Nicks, chord and strum are a launchpad for wilder sounds.

Bulat's goal was to keep challenging herself. "Promise Not to Think About Love," with shimmying
bass and dancing handclaps, is the poppiest track she has ever released. "It Can't Be You," played
on an Andean charango, is one of the simplest. "Never Let Me Go" is all crescendo, a woman in a
storm, and the title track reaches soaring for another day: has there ever been a better showcase for
Bulat's powerhouse voice? For her steam-train heart?

"Two months before I was due to begin recording, I suffered a deep loss," Bulat says. "I kind of
started over." She started; and she didn't stop.

Haunted Summer

Haunted Summer crafts languid pop music, adorned with orchestral strings and electronic textures that recall Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips.-Candice Aman (KXSC Radio)

Their brand of dream pop feels timeless, with just the right amount of youthful nostalgia to woo your ears into submission. Moody’s smooth, light as air vocals captivate like a siren of the sea, while the arrangements are lush and seductive, but never pushy. It’s a delightful combination that has the power to fill any lazy summer day with an extra bit of magic. -Jacqueline Caruso (The Deli Magazine LA)

There’s no question that whatever is haunting Moody and Seasons is steering the duo toward a beautiful place. -Kevin Bronson (Buzzbands LA)

Windswept vocals, sultry strings and spacey guitar blend together beautifully. The whole thing is mysterious and engrossing enough that it gets under your skin and stirs your own private nostalgia. -Billy Gil (Amoeba Blog)

Haunted Summer features Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting and performing duties in a true collaboration. The result is a very pretty, psychedelic sound with ethereal vocals from Bridgette, who comes into her own as a lead vocalist. -Julia Stoller (The Boston Music Survival Guide)

“It’s like falling asleep in a bathtub of cough syrup.” - Wayne Jessup (The Owl Mag)

"Just two days after the release of their eerily-named EP, Something In The Water, dream pop duo, Haunted Summer, will make the room echo and whirl to the tune of their supernatural anthems, already quite a hit amongst fellow Angelenos." - Cynthia Orgel (Santa Cruz's Good Times Weekly)

Haunted Summer is John Seasons & Bridgette Moody. Together they are heading in directions they couldn’t pursue in their former bands, making eerie psychedelic orchestral pop.-Kathryn Pinto (Radio Free Silver Lake)

Together, the Silver Lake coed duo makes digi-folk pop that’s as enticing as it is spooky. Like an echo in a cave, Moody’s voice carries an eerie yet seductive vibe over soothing strums or gentle beats. This is the sound of dew forming on a chilly morning…-Dan Frazier (Free Bike Valet blog)

The sexy, head trip music of Bridgette Moody and John Seasons seems to take shape somewhere in the space between your ears. They feed you all their hypnotic sounds and leave your brain and senses to figure it out. -Brad Roberts (Feed Your Head Blog)

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Wednesday, December 11 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Bootleg Bar

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