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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.

Customer Reviews

M. Ward

Great album and worth the buy but am I the only one who thinks he sounds just like M. Ward!!!??

Nice little album

I admit; I bought this on Jack Johnson's recommendation, but this is a really enjoyable, mellow, textured album.


I kept hearing "Lost in the Light" over the speakers while working at Starbucks and fell in love! I had to shazam to find out who it was. I pre-ordered this album immediately and am so excited to set this on repeat and soak it all in!


Formed: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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