Polaroid by Radio K
Pitchfork's review labels "Gold Rush" as "more a fans-only treat than a welcome mat." But this is my first taste of Basia Bulat, and it works just fine as a welcome mat for me.
"Gold Rush" is filled with building strings, an unstoppable rolling percussion, and some phenomenal singing, both from Bulat and from the chorus that ends up backing her toward the track's fantastic climax. As Luis says, it's "massive." Bulat's wailing and the complex, layered instrumentation adds up to a song that just feels BIG.
Again, I have to go back to the Pitchfork review, which claims that "if you didn't listen to her before, now's not really a better time to start." I couldn't disagree more. After one listen of "Gold Rush," I instantly wanted to hear more from Basia- and you will too.
Basia Bulat's Heart of My Own is out 01/25/10 on Rough Trade.