New Release, Tour & Video: Basia Bulat – Are You In Love? / Already Forgiven

Photo Credit: Richmond Lam

Singer-songwriter Basia Bulat unveils “Already Forgiven” from her forthcoming record Are You in Love? out March 27th via Secret City Records.

Bulat has joined forces once again with Jim James of My Morning Jacket for the new album, who also produced her 2016 release Good Advice.

Watch the new video for “Already Forgiven” below…

The video was shot on Kodak film and directed by Nora Rosenthal and Brian Sokolowski. Rosenthal says: “For Already Forgiven we knew from the outset that the video had to be about the feel of the song, about embracing its physicality—you can literally hear the wind in the track. When a friend of Basia’s showed us the place where we ended up shooting I think we were all astounded. It’s so magical, so otherworldly. The quality of the place itself really drove the energy of the shoot, kept us inspired even when it grew dark and cold at the end of the day.” Sokolowski adds: “Our decision to shoot on 16mm film was motivated by our collective desire to capture a certain texture and dustiness that is hard to achieve with digital. There’s always a certain risk and an intense focus and rhythm you get into when shooting on film, and that feeling of pressure and uncertainty, of potential, lent itself really well to the project.”

About the new album, Bulat states: “When making this album I tried to challenge myself in ways I hadn’t before. I felt like the only way my art could grow was to open my heart to all the things I was afraid of. I wanted to write a song about one of the concepts I’ve struggled with the most since childhood, the idea of forgiveness.”

“The word [forgiven] means something different to everyone and I have spent a long time trying to figure out what it means to me. I felt like I had been trying for many years to accept and acknowledge pain and past suffering without letting it define me or hold me back, and while writing this song I feel like I finally found a space in my mind that lets those thoughts flow like water through my hands. A place that has clarity and stillness but also moves like a breeze. And it feels like it’s always been there but the path to it is fickle and difficult—singing these lyrics for the album was one of the hardest days for me, because I really wanted to believe myself when I was singing, and that feeling determines its own schedule.”

The song was recorded during a session in Joshua Tree. “One day Andrew recorded the wildest wind outside and sent the signal through a path of electronics and the swirling feeling of those floating melodies that drift through the song are as important as the lyrics to me. The harmonies are there even if you can’t hear them at first listen. It can take years to say it, but you’re already forgiven.”

Bulat will kick off a North American run of tour dates this spring, with headlining shows in Chicago, Nashville, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia and more. She will also be performing at South by Southwest in March. See below for tour dates…

March 18-22 – Austin TX, SXSW
April 1 – Madison WI, High Noon Salon
April 2 – Minneapolis MN, Cedar Cultural Center
April 3 – Milwaukee WI, The Back Room at Collectivo
April 4 – Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall
April 6 – Louisville KY, Zanzabar
April 7 – Nashville TN, The High Watt
April 9 – Washington DC, Union Stage
April 10 – Brooklyn NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 11 – Philadelphia PA, Johnny Brenda’s
April 13 – Cambridge MA, The Sinclair
April 16 – Moncton NB, Central United Church
April 17 – Charlottetown NS, Confederation Centre of the Arts
April 18 – Halifax NS, St Matthews Church
April 19 – Fredericton NB, Wilmot United Church
April 23 – Quebec City QC, Palais Montcalm
April 24 – Montreal QC, Theatre Fairmount
April 26 – Burnstown ON, Neat Coffee Shop
April 28 – Peterborough ON, Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
April 29 – London ON, Aeolian Hall
April 30 – Toronto ON, Danforth Music Hall
May 1 – Guelph ON, Royal City Evangelical Missionary Church
May 2 – Waterford ON, Waterford Old Town Hall
May 5 – Winnipeg MB – West End Cultural Centre
May 6 – Saskatoon SK – Broadway Theatre
May 7 – Edmonton AB – Station on Jasper
May 8 – Calgary AB – Knox United Church
May 10 – Kamloops BC – Sagebrush Theatre
May 11 – Vancouver BC – Commodore Ballroom
May 12 – Victoria BC – Capital Ballroom
May 14 – Seattle, Sunset Tavern
May 15 – Portland, Doug Fir Lounge
May 17 – San Francisco, The Chapel
May 18 – LA, Largo at the Coronet
Sep 26 – Manchester, YES (The Basement)
Sep 27 – Leeds, Headrow House
Sep 28 – London, Omeara
Sep 30 – Paris, 1999
Oct 01 – Brussels, Witloof Bar Botanique
Oct 02 – Amsterdam, Paradiso (Upstairs)
Oct 04 – Stockholm, Slaktkyrkan
Oct 05 – Oslo, Krøsset
Oct 06 – Gothenburg, Pustervik
Oct 08 – Copenhagen, Ideal Bar
Oct 09 – Hamburg, Häkken
Oct 10 – Berlin, Musik und Frieden
Oct 11 – Warsaw, BARdzo
Oct 13 – Vienna, Chelsea
Oct 14 – Munich, Folks! Club
Oct 15 – Zurich, Bogen F
Oct 17 – Barcelona, Tradicionarius
Oct 18 – Madrid, American Autumn Son Estrella Galicia


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