It’s consistently baffling to me that Basia Bulat remains rather undiscovered, even inside her native Canada. Perhaps it’s that her sound is a throwback to 1960s folk and 1990s singer-songwriter material (not unlike a cross between, say, Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos), but in any case, the multi-talented performer’s fourth studio album is just as strong as the rest of her discography. Not to sound reductive and dismissive, but the album is so pleasant to listen to and Bulat’s vocals are so pleasing that it can be easy to miss how poignant her lyrics are, requiring a few listens to fully grasp the scope of the album. Even though it runs under 40 minutes, there’s so much to discover and enjoy here, in particular its opening track, “La La Lie,” which is pure Bulat gold.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)
You can hear “La La Lie” here: