On her fourth album, Good Advice, Basia Bulat took a chance. She walked away from the intimate, indie folk-pop and entered the world of widescreen music, producing a record of rousing orchestral-pop pageantry that it ended up being one of our favorite albums in 2016. In what direction she would turn for her next LP was a mystery. In November, she gave a hint of what to expect on Are You In Love?
“Your Girl” was reminiscent of the bigger, more pop-oriented approach of Good Advice. The expectations, as such, was that fans would be receiving a sequel. The Toronto native, however, did not earn the title as Canada’s sweetheart for being predictable. She earned it by creating music that feels like a warm fire on a cold night. Music that is simultaneously comforting and mesmerizing. For the second single, she returns to her roots and delivers a gorgeous, windswept serenade with “Already Forgiven”.
A delicate guitar and her trademark electric harp harmoniously swirl in the air and create a trance-like, mystical soundscape. Within this beautiful vortex lies Bulat and her brittle but endearing voice. Her words are vulnerable and honest, as she recalls moments of weakness, a history of mistakes, and the attempt to forgive and move on. Every lyric, each phrase, and entire stanzas are unforgettable, but the one that stands out for us is:
“I took up the pieces of what remained.
I tried to build a fire when there was no flame,
But I tried to find in my heart and me
What I tried to find in my heart and me
Telling me that you’re already forgiven.
It took me year to say it
Hear “Already Forgiven” below as well as “Your Girl”.
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