June 26, 2012


Afie Jurvanen, also known as Bahamas, has a stage name that brings to mind relaxation, and beachy music. That assumption is almost correct. The tracks that make up his recent release, Barchords, are a mix of folk, blues, and indie sounds that combine to form something charming, genuine, and unique. After I saw him open for Michael Kiwanuka with a rare acoustic set, I was so intrigued by his quirky, catchy songwriting that I had to do some investigating. Turns out Jurvanen, a Canadian, used to be a backing musician for Feist, and set out on his own when his debut, Pink Strat, was nominated for a Juno award. Now, his sophomore release is on the long list for this year's Polaris Prize, a coveted award naming the best Canadian album of the year. Check out the cute video for "Caught Me Thinking" and let me know what you think of the next Canadian sensation! Update: watch a short film about Jurvanen's Sunday dinners, a tradition he has visiting his family in Ontario. 

Bahamas-"Lost In The Light"

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