Basia Bulat Announces New Album The Garden, Shares Title Track: Stream

The folk singer is reimagining past songs with new string arrangements

Basia Bulat, photo courtesy of artist

Basia Bulat has announced The Garden, a new album that features string quartet reimaginings of 16 songs from her discography. The record is set to hit streaming services February 25th via Street City Records, with physical copies releasing March 25th. To preview the album, Bulat has shared its title track, which you can stream below.

While Bulat has been known to play with string instruments (including her go-to autoharp), The Garden beefs up the Canadian folk singer’s past songs with complete arrangements by composers Owen Pallett, Paul Frith, and Zou Zou Robidoux. She co-produced the record with Mark Lawson, known for his work with Arcade Fire and Beirut.

In a statement, Bulat said The Garden allowed her to revisit songs whose meanings have changed since she first wrote them. “I sing the songs differently now,” she said. “It’s the gift of time.”

While fairly true to the original, the album’s opening title track — first found toward the end of Bulat’s 2016 release Good Advice — sounds deeper and fuller with newly recorded cello from Robidoux and bass from Ben Whiteley. Meanwhile, violinists John Corban and Tomo Newton are really going at it here, adding a nice cinematic quality to the track. Bulat spoke fondly of the song’s calming nature in a statement.

“This past year, I let myself slow down, dig in the dirt, take root, and look at what memories and melodies came springing back to me in the garden after many years on the road,” she said. “When I wrote ‘The Garden’ [in 2016], I was in a distorted state of mind, and it took my hand and calmed me. ‘We won’t look back, and if we don’t, we won’t be lost.’ It told me to breathe into the present moment and look toward the future, and during this past year of stillness and reflection, it reminded me to do that again, like a meditation. Gardens evolve and change and are always growing. In my garden, the plants return, some pruned back, some overgrown, but they are never exactly the same as the year before. Owen’s arrangement for this song details all the blossoms and thorns blowing about together in the wind — new shoots and old shapes making themselves known to each other in magical ways. I feel so very fortunate to bring this song to another season in bloom.”

Listen to “The Garden” below. In addition to the album, Bulat will tour Europe and Canada in the spring — see the artist’s full list of tour dates below, and grab your tickets through Ticketmaster.

The Garden Artwork:

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The Garden Tracklist:
01. The Garden
02. Infamous
03. Heart of My Own
04. The Shore
05. I Was a Daughter
06. Go On
07. Tall Tall Shadow
08. The Pilgriming Vine
09. Windflowers
10. Fables
11. Already Forgiven
12. Love is at the End of the World
13. Lupins
14. In the Name Of
15. Are You in Love?
16. Good Advice

Basia Bulat 2022 Tour Dates:
02/28 — Munich, DE @ Milla
03/01 — Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
03/03 — Vienna, AT @ b72
03/05 ––Warsaw, PL @ BARdzo Bardzo
03/06 –Berlin, DE @ Frannz
03/09 — Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
03/11 — Oslo, NO @ Krøsset
03/12 — Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
03/13 — Stockholm, SE @ Slaktkyrkan
03/15 — Hamburg, DE @ Käkken
03/17 — Brussels, BE @ Witloof Bar Botanique
03/18 — Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Upstairs
03/19 — Paris, FR @ 1999
03/21 — London, UK @ Omeara
03/22 — Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade
03/24 — Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
03/25 — Manchester, UK @ YES (The Basement)
04/03 — Toronto, ON @ History *
04/04 — Toronto, ON @ History *
04/05 — Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre *
04/06 — Montréal, QC @ Corona Theater *
04/13 — St. Davids, ON @ Ravine Vineyard
04/14 — Paris, ON @ DT Concert Series

* = w/ Mt. Joy


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