Bahamas is the name under which which Toronto-based singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen performs--which, all things considered, is a tad easier on the tongue than Madagascar or Rio De Janeiro--but the music he creates does not exactly seem geographic in origin. Instead, it offers up a mixture of coolness, emotional warmth, and, most notably, space. Space between notes, space between phrases, and, on occasion, space between people.
Sophisticated stuff, all of it, and it's amply on display via Barchords, the new Bahamas album on Brushfire Records.
The final session Y! Music would record while in Austin at this year's South by Southwest music conference, Jurvanen's performance was delightfully informal, featuring the guitarist, a percussionist (take a look at his instrument!), and two superb backing vocalists whose overall contributions were a wonder to hear.
Jurvanen is sharp--an interesting interview with an equally interesting musical pedigree--but above all else, his music is one compelling listen. Check it out for yourself.