12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/guitarist Afie Jurvanen has been a sideman for indie luminaries like Feist, Jason Collett, and Howie Beck, but his solo work under the moniker of Bahamas offers a breezy, sure-handed blend of sun-kissed folk and alt-country. Jurvanen’s promise as a songwriter was established on two tasteful, JUNO-nominated full-length releases—2009’s Pink Strat and 2012’s Barchords—which held evocative turns of phrase, restrained instrumentation, and a captivating repose. From the silvery acoustic strum and poetic images that open “Waves” to the glowing final chords of “All I’ve Ever Known,” the songwriter’s third full-length endeavour is stunning. Using more acoustic instruments than any of his previous work, Bahamas Is Afie allows Jurvanen’s exquisite songwriting to speak for itself without excessive ornamentation—“Bitter Memories,” “Like a Wind,” and “Nothing to Me Now” are all sublime, elegantly uncluttered highlights. When things get more elaborate—as with the harmonised rush of strings and woodwinds that give “Can’t Take You with Me” deep poignancy, or the R&B-inflected falsetto of “All the Time”—Bahamas Is Afie is every bit the intimate, existential artistic statement that its title implies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/guitarist Afie Jurvanen has been a sideman for indie luminaries like Feist, Jason Collett, and Howie Beck, but his solo work under the moniker of Bahamas offers a breezy, sure-handed blend of sun-kissed folk and alt-country. Jurvanen’s promise as a songwriter was established on two tasteful, JUNO-nominated full-length releases—2009’s Pink Strat and 2012’s Barchords—which held evocative turns of phrase, restrained instrumentation, and a captivating repose. From the silvery acoustic strum and poetic images that open “Waves” to the glowing final chords of “All I’ve Ever Known,” the songwriter’s third full-length endeavour is stunning. Using more acoustic instruments than any of his previous work, Bahamas Is Afie allows Jurvanen’s exquisite songwriting to speak for itself without excessive ornamentation—“Bitter Memories,” “Like a Wind,” and “Nothing to Me Now” are all sublime, elegantly uncluttered highlights. When things get more elaborate—as with the harmonised rush of strings and woodwinds that give “Can’t Take You with Me” deep poignancy, or the R&B-inflected falsetto of “All the Time”—Bahamas Is Afie is every bit the intimate, existential artistic statement that its title implies.

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