Barchords - BRUSHFIRE
FILTER Grade: 79%
By A.D. Amorosi on February 10, 2012
Toronto-based Afie Jurvanen, the singing, songwriting instrumentalist behind Bahamas, likes his folksy melodies strong but subtly executed, muted by Wilco-like flange and bolstered by his resonating vocals and gently spare-yet-complex guitar passages. At least that was the case on 2009’s debut full-length Pink Strat. The second Bahamas album, Barchords, has a similar loping feel—the wifty balladry of “Montreal,” the ghostly lilting ooze of “Lost in the Light”—and similar, quietly detailed guitar stylings to that first Bahamas recording. Yet, there’s something more tender in Jurvanen’s voice, that of the vocalist and the lyricist behind the likes of “OK, Alright, I’m Alive” to say nothing of the jitters he must feel on the nervously executed rocker “I Got You Babe.” Barchords is too subtle to change the world, but it will turn your head.