We all survived the night and, somehow, the dingo’s managed not to run off with the babies.
So after mommy’s epic breakfast I’m enjoying a coffee downstairs alone on the mat to do a few crunches, planks, downward dogs and what-have-you until we’re all going off to Windmill Point for the afternoon. My listening pleasure while doing so is an album by another band that played The Sanctuary last night, ‘Bahamas is Afie‘ by Bahamas.
This was something the good people at The Sanctuary said I definitely should not miss. So I ran in yesterday evening during soundcheck and picked up a copy.
Bahamas is actually Afie Jurvanen (born April 28, 1981), a Canadian musician born in Toronto, and raised in Barrie, Ontario. Funny how a guy from a place known for it’s cold climate (believe me, I know…I’ve been there – click HERE) is also responsible for such breezy, tropical, carefree melodies.
Jurvanen is self-taught on guitar and has worked with such musicians as Feist, Howie Beck, Jason Collett (who coincidentally enough, was also opening for Bahamas last night), and Jack Johnson. His 2nd album, ‘Barchords’, was released on February 7th, 2012 and at the 2013 Juno Awards, it was nominated for the Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Jurvanen was nominated for Songwriter of the Year for the tracks ‘Be My Witness‘, ‘Caught Me Thinking‘, and ‘Lost in the Light‘.
This album (his 3rd), was released on August 19th, 2014 (on Brushfire Records) and was awarded 1st place on Q’s Top 20 Albums of 2014.
And it’s on pretty yellow vinyl
At the Juno Awards of 2015, ‘Bahamas Is Afie’ was nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, and Jurvanen was nominated for Songwriter of the Year for ‘All the Time‘, ‘Bitter Memories‘ and ‘Stronger Than That‘. He won the awards in both categories.
Featuring guest contributions by Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith), Jason Tait (The Weakerthans) and Felicity Williams, the album pursues a far more complex sound than on his previous releases and Jurvanen himself is responsible for the majority of the instrumentation. In ‘All the Time‘, Jurvanen mourns that an unnamed person doesn’t seem interested in his offer to spend “all the time in the world” together; he does this via a graceful falsetto and wailing electric guitar notes. Jurvanen builds on this feeling with the follow-up track, ‘Stronger Than That‘, a classic rock-inspired ramble. Melancholy slow-burner ‘Like a Wind‘ builds on itself, with guitar distortion adding teeth to an otherwise sleepy three-and-a-half-minute journey. The orchestral flourishes on songs like ‘I Can’t Take You with Me‘ bring to mind predecessors like Nick Drake and the golden glow of a bygone, decidedly non-trendy period in pop music history, but Jurvanen interweaves these clearly beloved influences into his more rock-inspired agenda with a deft hand. ‘Bitter Memories‘ is likely my favorite though.
It provided a nice, relaxed atmosphere for my short morning coffee yoga chill out routine while the girls do whatever it is that 11-year-old girls do in their bedroom amid so many giggles and screeches; it’s my calm before the storm, so to speak.
Thanks for the tip, Matt!