Speaking in a sun-splashed hotel bar on Toronto’s Queen Street West, the chipper 31-year-old Bulat cheerfully recalls the making of a record that is currently receiving critical praise and big promotion. A follow-up to 2013’s Juno-nominated Tall Tall Shadow album, Good Advice was produced by Jim James, the long-haired front man of the rock troupe My Morning Jacket. Devoted to transcendental mediation and otherworldly reverb, James has in the past recorded his own vocals in an abandoned Kentucky grain silo to attain the ghostly sounds he desired.
Bulat and James had struck up a friendship while touring together. Asked if James gave her any “good advice” when it came to making her new record, Bulat smiles and looks sideways out the window at the afternoon passersby. “He told me that you never know how people are going to perceive something when you’re doing something different…..