by Sean
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Basia Bulat - "In the Night". An unreleased song, a living-room demo, four walls & a floor and sounds bravely sounding. It's a lighthouse desperately seeking its ship: that brave white beam scouring a million nighttime wave-tips, grazing two hundred low-flying birdwings. Too much hope, love, fate, joy, fear for one voice; instead it's a host of them. Too sick to be seasick, too awed to be awestruck - the song just whirls and whirls, the light-house-light spins and scours, and the drums & autoharp gallop with the whole breathless pace of possibility.

I raved Basia Bulat's Oh My Darling in January, and my enthusiasm remains steadfast. It's now out in Britain, and a North American release will follow in the fall. (Some cool tour-dates are also in store.)

[buy! / MySpace / website]

The Children's Hour - "SOS JFK". This one's a ship in search of its lighthouse. And the personal ad runs like so:

SINGLE TALL SHIP seeks, has long sought,
GENTLE PORT. I am prsistnt, patient,
hmbl and possess a hold full of salts &
sweets. R U my "Ithaca"? R U all tht I
hope for & crave? R U whr the sea
is silver w fish & the sun lays
harp-strings along the horizon? Will
u speak to me in semaphore and morse?
Be the one constellation I will never,
ever forget. Mailbox 911.

Josephine Foster's voice is wind in sails, whales in tide.

[buy The Children's Hour's single (?), exquisite LP.]

Posted by Sean at July 4, 2007 8:35 AM

I love you guys.

Who else would pull out an unreleased song by Basia Bulat.

How did you manage to get your hands on this?

Posted by anonymous at July 4, 2007 11:27 PM

Two great picks, thank you! I'm a long time lurker, but I thought I'd pop in and finally say thanks!

Posted by Jad at July 5, 2007 12:43 PM

Thanks for that Basia Bulat track... I've been loving her album lately.

Posted by Ginny at July 10, 2007 2:34 AM

When I heard the first few bars of that Basia Bulat track, I would have sworn I was listening to a cover of Arcade Fire's "Keep the Car Running".

Posted by Joe at July 28, 2007 9:06 AM

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