“Stronger Than That”
The new album from Afie Jurvanen (aka Bahamas) is dynamite. I’ve been listening to it again and again in my car and I just secured tickets for the show in Boston on Saturday at Great Scott. I saw Bahamas live once before at an outdoor festival so I’m excited to experience the sound in an intimate bar-like venue.
Top to bottom, the album’s tracks are solid but I’m especially impressed by the single. “Stronger Than That” feels fun and catchy with it’s horns, electric guitar and backing vocals. Can’t wait to hear it live!
“All The Time”
I’m so so excited for a new album from Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen aka Bahamas. The album, Bahamas Is Afie, will be out late August. “All The Time” is a dynamic track with a lot of fuzzy guitar sounds and a delightful hook… can’t wait to get my hands on the entire album! Bahamas will play Great Scott in Allston on September 13th.
The Life Is Good Festival is this weekend, and I’m so excited to attend both days! This is a one of a kind fest, that’s truly one of the most special musical events I’ve attended. ALL proceeds go to help children in need, through the Life Is Good Playmakers. Because of this focus on children, the festival is a family affair, with a kids stage and LOTS of kids activities.
Aside from the beautiful family vibe that comes through at this fest, the lineup is always ridiculous! This year Jack Johnson and Hall & Oates headline. Oh, and throw in The Roots, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Amos Lee, and Dawes for good measure! Also new this year, there will be a Coffee House stage curated by Ryan Montbleau. He’ll perform a set each day along with Dwight & Nicole, Tall Heights, Mike Doughty, Session Americana, Amber Rubarth and more!
Here are a few lesser known acts I’m really excited to see:
Lake Street Dive
The Life Is Good Festival
On January 1st, 2012, the year kicked off with one of my favorite releases – Barchords. Afie Jurvanen is Bahamas and he’s by far my favorite musical discovery of the year. This Canadian musician has previously worked with Feist and this is his sophomore solo release. The first track, “Lost In The Light” particularly grabs me — the beauty of it still has me completely in awe even after listening hundreds of times (no exaggeration there). Can’t wait to hear more from him…
“Lost In The Light”
“Caught Me Thinking”
“Ok Alright I’m Alive”
So, lately I’ve been stuck musically. I haven’t really been seeking out new music or really opening myself up to it and I suppose I could use being busy as an excuse. I’ve been basically listening to the same few albums again and again. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing! These albums have some seriously stunning tracks on them. Here are a few that maybe I’ve posted before, but I cannot get enough of:
Bahamas – “Lost In The Light”
This gorgeous song floors me every time. New video:
The Tallest Man On Earth – “Wind and Walls”
Every track on There’s No Leaving Now is quite beautiful:
Feist – “Graveyard”
Can’t believe the beginning of this tune and the end are actually in the same song:
Delta Spirit – “Ransom Man”
Sometimes when you listen to an album long enough, the songs you used to skip become your favorites:
Wilco – “One Sunday Morning”
I’ve found that this 12-minute final track on The Whole Love is perfect for an up island drive:
“Lost In The Light”
Another Bahamas post, but a much needed suggestion to you…this song has been on repeat in my car and it was wonderful in the background while driving on this rainy day. The beautiful background vocals and percussive rhythm carry the verses and lead them to a climactic transition with a heavy piano chorus. All this while his vocals start to remind me of Amos Lee! And the LYRICS…those are really what get me:
“…And I held my own
still I rattled your bones
I said some awful things and I take them back
If we would try again
just remember when
before we were lovers,
I swear we were friends
So if someone could see me now,
let them see you.
Let them see you
See you through
all the hard things
we’ve all gotta do
cause this life is long
and so you wouldn’t be wrong
on my own”
“Caught Me Thinkin'”
I’ve been really loving the Bahamas album Barchords the past few days. Thanks to B for the suggestion! Bahamas is the stage name for Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen who used to work with Feist. He’s recently released this sophomore album, and I think it’s really wonderful. At times he reminds me of M. Ward, and other times his voice is remniscent of Amos Leee, but the music is always somewhat restrained…as if the silence is as important as the notes in between. When you hear Bahamas, you may think tropical beachy music, and this is probably the only track on the album that really matches up with that idea: