New Release: Basia Bulat – Fables / The Garden

Photo Credit: Richard Lam

Montreal’s Basia Bulat has shared “Fables”, the new single arranged and orchestrated by Zou Zou Roubidoux from her forthcoming album The Garden, out February 18th. The record is a reimagination of songs across Bulat’s five studio albums with stunning classical string quartet arrangements by Owen Pallett, Paul Frith, and Robidoux.

The track arrives alongside a video directed by Bulat that juxtaposes Hi 8 Camera footage from her childhood with recently shot footage of herself and her daughter. Of the track Bulat says: “Storytelling is how we understand who we are and where we come from – fables carry lessons from one generation to the next. But what do we do when part of the fable passed down to us is forgotten or mistaken? When we realize as adults that we may have been carrying on legacies that we didn’t intend or understand? Sometimes the stories we learned in childhood about ourselves and our homes are remnants from a past that cannot answer the questions we have in the present. We can’t change or save anyone with the stories we’ve carried with us, but they remind us to be bold enough to meet one another in the moment we have now with truth and love.”

Of the video, Bulat adds: “I wrote ‘Fables’ as both an ode to childhood and to the more difficult truths of adulthood, so when I came across some lovely old footage my mother filmed during a snow day, I was inspired to sing back to that time and see what might happen if I filmed it. It felt very emotional watching the footage back to back, across years and seasons, recreating what felt like a childhood fable I had forgotten about in a new era of my life.” Click HERE to watch.

Bulat recently announced news of an extensive European tour running throughout February and March, reaching the UK on March 21st. Full list of dates below…

02/18 – Calgary, AB @ Max Bell Theatre
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

*Supporting Mt. Joy

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