13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Afie Jurvanen’s second studio album under the Bahamas moniker finds the Toronto guitarist and singer/songwriter sounding noticeably more confident and relaxed than he did on his 2009 debut long-player, Pink Strat. In between albums, Jurvanen was nominated for a Juno Award and broke from Feist’s band. He also traveled with Wilco as a support act before branching off to headline his own tour. Barchords opens with “Lost in the Light,” a sleepy indie folk-rock tune that slow dances on subtly waltzing rhythms; Jurvanen plays his pink Stratocaster and sings in his textured tenor as Feist coos in the background. He cranks up the electric-guitar reverb and tape echo in the beginning of “Caught Me Thinking” before the song turns into a catchy little surf-flavored tune saturated in vintage tones. More stripped-down songs like “Montreal” and “Overjoyed” tread Neil Halstead territory with pensive, passive musings that play on negative space; Jurvanen sprawls out his singing to let the listener home in on all the worn textures of his unique voice.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Afie Jurvanen’s second studio album under the Bahamas moniker finds the Toronto guitarist and singer/songwriter sounding noticeably more confident and relaxed than he did on his 2009 debut long-player, Pink Strat. In between albums, Jurvanen was nominated for a Juno Award and broke from Feist’s band. He also traveled with Wilco as a support act before branching off to headline his own tour. Barchords opens with “Lost in the Light,” a sleepy indie folk-rock tune that slow dances on subtly waltzing rhythms; Jurvanen plays his pink Stratocaster and sings in his textured tenor as Feist coos in the background. He cranks up the electric-guitar reverb and tape echo in the beginning of “Caught Me Thinking” before the song turns into a catchy little surf-flavored tune saturated in vintage tones. More stripped-down songs like “Montreal” and “Overjoyed” tread Neil Halstead territory with pensive, passive musings that play on negative space; Jurvanen sprawls out his singing to let the listener home in on all the worn textures of his unique voice.

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About Bahamas

Bahamas is the solo project of Toronto-based guitarist and musical gun-for-hire Afie Jurvanen. With a carefully trained ear for melody that he's honed during his time playing with the likes of Feist and Howie Beck, Jurvanen's solo project has a stripped-down and contemplative sound that focuses on doing more with less, allowing his voice and guitar to do most of the heavy lifting on his quiet indie folk meditations. Bahamas made its album debut in 2009 with Pink Strat, which was nominated for a Juno Award the following year. After releasing the album, Jurvanen set out on tour in support of alt-country icons Wilco before eventually striking out on his own with a headlining tour. The guitarist returned in 2012 with his follow-up album, Barchords. In 2014, Jurvanen delivered the third Bahamas studio album, Bahamas Is Afie, which featured a '70s soft country-influenced vibe. He returned in 2017 with the single "No Wrong" from his fourth album Earthtones. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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