With her fresh-faced woodland nymph looks, rusty girlish purr and breezily strummed alt-folk tunes, this Ontarian acoustic chanteuse could potentially be heir apparent to the Feistian soft-pop siren torch. Sadly, this EP isn't gonna get her there. The songs themselves are quite nice, with melodies that veer off-course in interesting ways, and Bulat's got a cool, jazzy, throaty thing going on that saves her from sounding like a bland MOR popster. The production, however, is shoddy - her vocals sound as though they're being sung through a thick grey wool blanket, and too many arrangements rely on screechy viola bits that sound like they were written by someone who'd never heard the vocal melodies.
Basia Bulat launches her EP at C'est What Saturday (June 25).