Full Commitment: Bahamas is Afie reviewed

4 Sep
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Afie Jurvanen, aka Bahamas.

Though Afie Jurvanen was born into the cold climate of Toronto, ON, the songs he performs under his appropriately-titled musical alias of Bahamas project an easy breeze of warmth. You may already be familiar with Bahamas from his past albums Pink Strat (2009) and Barchords (2012), and the vibrating riffs of his hit song “Lost in the Light”. You may even have been lucky enough to catch him on tour performing along side the likes of Wilco, Robert Plant, and Feist.

Earlier this month Bahamas released his third studio effort, Bahamas is Afie, which as the title indicates has proven to be his most personal collection of songs to date. The 12-track album tears down the wall between artist and audience as it invites listeners to walk through Jurvanen’s intimate mental dwelling. The album art is a focused shot of an inscribed wedding ring belonging to Jurvanen’s wife, who undoubtedly inspired a great deal of the album’s lyrical content. Bahamas is Afie is a statement of Jurvanen’s artistic independence as a singer/songwriter, and it underwent more production than any of his prior albums to nail down the perfect sound.

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Bahamas – Bahamas is Afie (2014).

 

Jurvanen spent the past two albums honing in on his personal musical style, which rings clear and consistent from the first to last track on Bahamas is Afie. His airy soft-folk melodies are accompanied by concise, emotion driven lyrics to create a complex yet approachable ambience for his listeners to ease into. The top singles from the album, “Stronger Than That” and “All The Time”, feature proclaimed guitar riffs and a melodic twang that is impossible not to hum along to. He slows his pace on “Like a Wind” and experiments with heavier bass lines and gentle guitar strokes.

You can find comfort in knowing that Bahamas will be taking to the roads for the next three months to perform and promote the album across North America and Europe. Listed below are all the Canadian stops on his international tour.

 

WED 10 SEPTEMBER

Officers Square Fredericton, NB, Canada

WED 10 SEPTEMBER

Shivering Songs festival 2014Fredericton, NB, Canada

THU 16 OCTOBER

Alix Goolden Performance HallVictoria, BC, Canada

FRI 17 OCTOBER

Vogue Theatre Vancouver, BC, Canada

SAT 18 OCTOBER

The Habitat Kelowna, BC, Canada

MON 20 OCTOBER

Knox United Church Calgary, AB, Canada

TUE 21 OCTOBER

McDougall United Church Edmonton, AB, Canada

WED 22 OCTOBER

Broadway Theatre Saskatoon, SK, Canada

THU 23 OCTOBER

Burton Cummings Theatre Winnipeg, MB, Canada

SAT 25 OCTOBER

Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN, US

WED 5 NOVEMBER

Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON, Canada

THU 6 NOVEMBER

Métropolis Montreal, QC, Canada

FRI 7 NOVEMBER

Théâtre Granada Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

SAT 8 NOVEMBER

Impérial de Québec Québec, QC, Canada

 


Check out Bahamas!

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SoundCloud.

Youtube.

Facebook.

Twitter.

Instagram.


Author: Kaity D’Agostino

Monthly Roundup: July 2014

1 Aug
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Alysha Brilla, one of Canadian Content Machine’s featured artists of July.

Another month of music has come and gone! We’ve had lots to talk about in July (not fittingly, July Talk was featured two months ago). Let’s look at them again!

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New Album Reviews!

Dreams of Summer: Coronado’s new EP, Give Up Nothing Vol. 1, reviewed.

Carlos Coronado of Coronado. Photo Credit: Tania Cannarella.

Carlos Coronado of Coronado. Photo Credit: Tania Cannarella.

Coronado continues to have a very prolific, and very good, 2014. The Toronto fivesome released their EP Remain Calm last year (reviewed by one of our writers here), and since then they have kept it coming via live shows, live shows, and more live shows. It all comes to this: Give Up Nothing Vol 1their latest, just-released EP.  This forms Coronado’s most complete sound yet, including the should-be-hit “A Line We Never Drew”. Give Coronado a chance and check out out review of Give Up Nothing Vol 1 here.

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Band Spotlights!

The Shanks: Minimalist Musicians, Maximum Rockers

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The Shanks.

The Shanks aren’t a new band per se; they’ve been in the game for years, and their classic hard rock sound doesn’t lend them any favours as something new and stylin’. What The Shanks do well though, is use up the full potential of a two-piece guitar-and-drums combo and then some, creating a gigantic, ferocious sound that definitely speaks in rock n’ roll. Check out our full piece on The Shanks here.

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Concert Reviews!

Jumple: The Gypsy Gods Of Inspiring Dance and Jiggy Bums – Live & Interviewed @ The Rasputin Vodka Bar June 22, 2014

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Eugene of Jumple.

There is “Slavic Gypsy Foll”, and then there is the kind that Jumple serves. Hopped up on booze and in the state of “Jigy-Jigy” (no, that is not the title of Will Smith’s comeback song), this band absolutely took it to the aptly-named Russian Vodka Bar on June 24th, 2014. With most of its members being born in the Ukraine, there is no question of inauthenticity in these guys’ performances. Read the full appraisal of their performance here.

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Second Spins: Older Albums Reviewed Again!

Alysha Brilla’s Guide to Getting Over Breakups

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Alysha Brilla.

Every now and then an album will come along just at the right time, making a huge impact in your life and giving you a good reminder why music exists. For our writer Julie Gossart, that album was Alysha Brilla’s In My Head. Released last year, this album turned out to be a pretty significant experience for Julie–but you don’t have to read this to believe it, just check out the review for yourself!

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Special Event Coverage – Osheaga 2014!

OSHEAGA 2014: All The Canadian Bands (Full and Final Preview)

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Earlier in the year, we produced a series on all the Canadian bands playing at Osheaga in Montreal. Well, the festival has now finally arrived, so what better way to prepare yourself than to read our final preview the details the when and whereabouts of each band, as well as links to our earlier articles. Check that out here!


That is all for July!

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