Bahamas New Album BAHAMAS IS AFIE Out Today
SPIN's "First Listen" is streaming Bahamas is Afie the new album from Afie Jurvanen, who performs as Bahamas. SPIN says of the new album, "Bahamas distills his brand of breezy soul...with summer-ready falsetto harmonies that float over a distorted riff, before ending with a quick solo, a move that reminds this laid back Canuck can shred." Stream the upcoming album via SPIN HERE and via Soundcloud HERE.
CMT Edge recently premiered "Little Record Girl," the latest track from the new album, declaring, "The song's conflicted feel is oddly satisfying, and Jurvanen attributes the imaginative tune's twangy tone to musical irony, adding that he'd love to do a full country album someday." Listen to "Little Record Girl" via CMT Edge HERE and via Soundcloud HERE.
Bahamas' new video "Bahamas is Afie...(And Russ)" debuted on Paste. The site says, "The video follows Afie Jurvanen and comrade/food extraordinaire Russ on a day of coffee drinking, grocery shopping (for Russ' restaurant Aunties & Uncles), cat watching and a little jamming to his new album for the first time." In the video, Afie tells Russ, "I guess more than the last record, I just feel like it's some fully realized version of me." Watch the video via Paste HERE and via YouTube HERE. See North American fall tour dates below.
This new release follows 2011's Barchords, which The Guardian praised as containing "stripped-down harmony-brushed songs with gorgeous hooks and without a wasted note." Jurvanen sought to create and produce a more developed arrangement of strings, brass, winds, orchestral percussion, and chamber choruses on Bahamas Is Afie. Prior to this record, Jurvanen's releases have all been sparsely recorded records with this new album marking a transition to a more complex and fully arranged collection of music. Jurvanen's debut album Pink Strat was released in 2009. The record was nominated for both a Juno Award and the Polaris Music Prize. Bahamas hit the road for two years after the release touring with artists such as Wilco and Robert Plant. In 2011 he released Barachords, which was nominated for two Juno Awards including Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of The Year and was named Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012 by iTunes. Wall Street Journal praised the record as "bluesy and hypnotic," and The Los Angeles Times called "A delightfully rare kind of record that commands an instant replay."