Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bahamas: Paste Track Premiere, Fall Tour Dates Confirmed, Bahamas Is Afie Out August 19 on Brushfire

“His voice and his guitar playing merge with a lush beauty.”—NPR “Fresh Air”
 “A sublime, incomparable leading man, one with a soulful, sweet and stylish touch
in his song-writing.”—Globe and Mail

“Bahamas distills his brand of breezy soul…with summer-ready falsettoharmonies that float over a distorted riff, before ending with a quick solo, a move that reminds this laid back Canuck can shred.” —SPIN
Brushfire Records confirms new fall tour dates from Afie Jurvanen, who performs as Bahamas.  The track “Stronger Than That” from the upcoming August 19 release, Bahamas Is Afie, was praised by Paste as being “more Jurvanen’s own that any other previous works; it marks his first self-produced released.” Listen to the newly released track via Soundcloud HERE and on Paste HERE. Of the song, Jurvanen said “The album was more or less finished when we decided to go back in and cut this track,” and “It’s a song about believing in someone, someone who doesn’t really believe in themselves. It’s about encouragement, which is something I think we could often use more of.”  See North American fall tour dates below.
This new release follows  2011’s Barachords, which The Guardian praised as containing “stripped-down harmony-brushed songs with gorgeous hooks and without a wasted note.” Jurvanen sought to create and produce a more developed arrangement of strings, brass, winds, orchestral percussion, and chamber choruses on Bahamas Is Afie. Prior to this record, Jurvanen’s releases have all been sparsely recorded bedroom records with this new album marking a transition to a more complex and fully arranged collection of music. “The songs seem to have a definitive quality to them,” claims Jurvanen, “and they ended up going to all kinds of unexpected musical places for me. I really thought I was going to make a traditional folk record, but as the recording evolved, I started having some pretty different ideas...It all came together in a simple, naive and direct way and I was really energized by the process.”
Jurvanen’s debut album Pink Strat was released in 2009. The record was nominated for both a Juno Award and the Polaris Music Prize. Bahamas hit the road for two years after the release touring with artists such as Wilco and Robert Plant. In 2011 he released Barachords, which was nominated for two Juno Awards including Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of The Year and was named Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012 by iTunes. Wall Street Journal praised the record as “bluesy and hypnotic,” and The Los Angeles Times called “A delightfully rare kind of record that commands an instant replay.”
Bahamas North American Tour Dates

September 10                                            Fredericton, NB                                      The Ready Room
September 12                                              Portland, ME                                                        Empire
September 13                                               Boston, MA                                                   Great Scott
September 15                                           Philadelphia, PA                                         Boot & Saddle
September 17                                             New York, NY                                     Le Poisson Rouge
September 18                                           Washington, DC                                                         DC9
September 19                                               Raleigh, NC                                                Cat’s Cradle
September 21                                               Atlanta, GA                                                       The Earl
September 22                                              Nashville, TN                                                  High Watt
October 1                                                     Chicago, IL                                                       Schubas
October 2                                                  Indianapolis, IN                                                         Hi Fi
October 3                                                   St. Louis, MO                                            Blueberry Hill
October 4                                                 Kansas City, MO                                              Record Bar
October 7                                                     Denver, CO                                           Larimer Lounge
October 10                                               Los Angeles, CA                                                 The Roxy
October 11                                              San Francisco, CA                                                     Slim’s
October 14                                                  Portland, OR                                                     Doug Fir
October 15                                                   Seattle, WA                                 Columbia City Theater
October 16                                                   Victoria, BC                                               Alix Goolden
October 17                                             Vancouver, Canada                                                     Vogue
October 18                                               Kelowna, Canada                                                     Habitat
October 20                                                Calgary, Canada                                                        Knox
October 22                                              Saskatoon, Canada                                  Broadway Theatre
October 23                                              Winnipeg, Canada                                                Garrick 
October 25                                              Minneapolis, MN                                             Triple Rock
November 5                                              Toronto, Canada                                                Danforth*
November 6                                             Montreal, Canada                                            Metropolis*
November 7                                           Sherbrooke, Canada                                   Theatre Grande*
November 8                                          Quebec City, Canada                                              Imperial*
* with The Barr Brothers
 with Boy & Bear

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