Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie–a working class town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he’s been making music under the name Bahamas–writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs. His new album, Bahamas Is Afie, will be released August 19, 2014 on Brushfire Records/Universal.
Bahamas is Afie is a coming of age record. Self-titled and self-produced – It is the next step in the evolution of Jurvanen’s songcraft, guitar mastery, and melodic pop hooks – following his previous full-lengths Pink Strat (2009) and Barchords (2011). Bahamas is Afie remains a sparse, moving, headphone album, complemented by a more developed arrangement of strings, brass, winds, orchestral percussion, and chamber choruses that transport the listener from moving seas to a search for strength, to a place of resolve and comfort.
“This feels like a self-titled record to me. The songs seem to have a definitive quality to them, and they ended up going to all kinds of unexpected musical places. I really thought I was going to make a traditional folk record but as the recording evolved I started having some pretty different ideas. I started playing this game like, ‘what would 80s Van Morrison do if he were producing this?’ or ‘what about John Williams?’ It all came together in a simple, naive and direct way and I was really energized by the process. And I got to play a lot of guitar…I feel like I’ll get another chance to make a folkie record somewhere down the road. For now, this is me.”
Videos & Press
Mountain Stage’s Favorite Performances of 2015 include Pokey LaFarge, Bahamas, Drive-By Truckers, Earls of Leicester, Field Report and Tift Merritt
By Joni Deutsch 2015 was a big year for Mountain Stage. We began a beautiful friendship with public radio music discovery machine VuHaus. We created a new, bite-size podcast called Mountain Stage 2 Go. And across nine venues in four states, we recorded over 100 live sets that showcased the best and brightest musicians in […]
[exclaim.ca] By Sarah Murphy Singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen has been a long-time folk favourite in his hometown of Toronto, but the musician better known as Bahamas is ready to bring his sweet-sounding melodies south of the border. Taken from this year’s excellent Bahamas Is Afie, “All the Time” has been enjoying a bit of viral success […]
Bahamas unveils a video for the viral hit ‘All the Time’ (aka that song from the James Franco smartphone ad)
[Entertainment Weekly] By Miles Raymer Canadian auteur Afie Jurvanen released his first album under his nom de rock Bahamas back in 2009, has shared bills with Wilco and Jack Johnson, and was nominated for his home country’s top musical awards multiple times, but it took a smartphone commercial for him to finally break through in […]
[Daytrotter] Listen here!
k.d. lang joins Bahamas on stage in front of a packed house in the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan for a special duet performance of “Lost in the Light” from Bahamas’ debut record “Barchords”.
Juno Awards Announce 2013 Nominees: Bahamas, The Barr Brothers, Hannah Georgas and Stars all included!
[exclaim.ca] February 19, 2013 By Exclaim! Staff Once again, that time of year has rolled around when Canada’s very own Juno Awards has announced the nominees for 2013. As usual, though, the list of noms is likely to illicit the usual mix of groans and cheers. Leading the way with the most nominations this year […]
[Consequence of Sound] BY BRYANT KITCHING Bahamas is the brainchild of Afie Jurvanen, a Toronto native whose earnest folkie croon might remind some of Jack Johnson with a mild country twist. His debut LP, Pink Strat, was released this past May and leans heavy on Being There/Summerteeth-era Wilco. The album contains some of the most […]
[Rolling Stone] Bahamas ‘Caught Me Thinking’ The video for Bahamas’ new single “Caught Me Thinking” features singer Afie Jurvanen modeling a variety of hats as he lip syncs to the tune. “I made the video on an VHS camcorder,” says Jurvanen. “I know that people want to see every thing in super high def these […]
[Spin.com] Bahamas: Afie Jurvanen took the pulpit (it isn’t really a stage) at St. David’s Church (it is really a church) backed by a drummer and a duo of singers in matching, shimmery blue dresses he later praised as a “wise decision.” The Canadian musician, who’s done time as a journeyman guitarist for Feist, cut […]
[Scattered Black and Whites] “I try not to get my ideas too set in stone because I really believe that leaving room for mistakes and leaving room for spontaneity is the most important part about life. And I definitely don’t want to limit my mind in any way.” Afie Jurvanen is a well-seasoned musician who […]
[Tucson Concerts Examiner] by Kevin Yeanoplos Every music fan has prepared “The List” a roll call of favorite songs; songs that inspire them, songs that move them, songs that make the hairs on the back of their neck do a wondrous dance. Some songs make The List after only a couple of plays. Others […]
Bahamas – Barchords The Press React “Expanses of space here allow his poetic observations to reverberate…Beyond the songs themselves, BARCHORDS is a gorgeous, full-bodied recording that revels in spare but intensely flavorful textures. It’s that delightfully rare kind of record that commands an instant replay.” – Los Angeles Times “…the bright, liquid sound of his […]