Toronto-based folk duo, Basset, are full of timeless heart. Acoustic songwriters Sam Clark and Yasmine Shelton will take you from a beekeeper’s fields to the haunted basement of a second-hand store, in a style that is all their own.
Basset bring a deep love of the natural world to their gorgeously meditative and assured debut album, In The Clay, set to release in Fall 2022. Produced by Joshua Van Tassel (Sarah Slean, Christine Bougie), the ten songs on In The Clay explore various themes of life in change, Shelton and Clark’s travels around Northern Ontario, the Canadian and American prairies, their lives in Toronto, and the characters – from all walks of life – who have crossed their paths. With comparisons to The Milk Carton Kids, Hozier, and Bon Iver, their inventiveness shines on fiddle and intricate harmonies, with Shelton and Clark’s voices wrapping around each other like twin flames in a warm fire.
In 2021 Basset performed at Boston-based Club Passim’s virtual Campfire Festival, as well as the Honey Jam developing artist showcase (Nelly Furtado, Jully Black, Haviah Mighty) at the El Mocambo in Toronto, and the Summerfolk Festival in Owen Sound. They’ve performed at venues across Ontario and Quebec promoting their self-titled EP. In 2022 they will be Official Showcase Artists at Folk Alliance International and are looking forward to the release of their LP, In the Clay, in Fall 2022.