Basia Bulat’s Pop Transformation

Secret City Records

Break-ups pretty much always suck. But when you’re a songwriter, at least you might be able to get some material out of it.

Not so long ago, the Canadian songwriter and singer Basia Bulat suffered her own difficult split. She pulled herself together, wrote a set of acoustic breakup songs, and drove south from Toronto to Louisville, Kentucky. There, she went into the studio with My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James to record her fourth album. The results were very different from what she expected.

I produced this interview + performance chat for Studio 360.