Music Review: Barchords by Bahamas

By Vanessa Butler

If you're in need of a first person break-up album, Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen has your back.

Afie Jurvanen’s solo project, Bahamas, may be named after the notion of a paradise, but his sophomore album Barchords evokes anything but. Barchords will deviously charm every memory of past lovers, both fond and exhausting, from your subconscious. Jurvanen toured with Indie pop artist Leslie Feist (1234, My Moon My Man, I Feel It All) and secured Canada’s Polaris Prize nomination as well as a Juno nod for his first album Pink Strat in 2010.

Jurvanen admits that writing this album was an emotionally difficult feat to accomplish, which is why it took so long for it to be released. While the music itself on Barchords will cater to fans of acoustic lo-fi California sound and carefree strums that are prominent on many Brushfire Records; Afie’s autobiographical lyrics, many of which modern day musicians would shy away from, distinguish him from the rest.It’s refreshing to have an artist release a solid recording without the use of modern day music devices. What’s on Barchords can be duplicated by Afie live, and his haunting lyrics will no doubt set the tone of a room wherever played.

Opening the album with a laid back plucking on the acoustic track “Time and Time Again,” admitting to the world that he drove someone away by drinking in “Caught Me Thinkin” and wrapping up with a Hawaiian slide guitar track entitled “Be My Witness,” this album will no doubt be a hit for lazy summer time days spent reminiscing. It’s a soundtrack for hot sticky outdoor concerts attended with budding loves and the perfect album to play to remind you that every hard feeling may repeat itself, but like others they too shall pass.

Best Tracks: “Be My Witness,” “I Got You Babe,” “Caught Me Thinkin”

Skip These: “Snow Plow,” “Your Sweet Touch”


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