Live in the Studio: Bahamas

Interview + Performance

Friday, June 29, 2012

Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas (Dave Gillespie)

Canadian folk-rock musicians — Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Cowboy Junkies, k.d. lang, to name a few — have made it big south of the border while retaining something essentially Canadian in their music. Perhaps it’s a sense of longing born of Canada’s wide, empty spaces.

Singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who records as Bahamas, says he can relate to that. “Canada [is] a giant country, it’s really, really big, but there are very few people there. It’s like half the population of California. That definitely influences what you’re making and how you’re living,” he tells Kurt Andersen. For Jurvanen, that means romanticizing faraway people and places — including the Bahamas, where he’s never set foot.

A self-taught guitarist, Jurvanen hails from Barrie, Ontario, a lake-side town north of Toronto. He became a fixture in the Toronto music scene, playing back-up for the likes of Feist. In 2009, he decided to strike out on his own as Bahamas, releasing the album Pink Strat to critical acclaim for its simple but lush mix of guitar, voice, and drums. 

His new album, Barchords, keeps with that spare but emotionally rich sound. Jurvanen and his band recorded at a friend’s place in the Ontario countryside. “I don’t really do pre-production or post-production,” he explains, preferring to spend the time and effort writing his songs instead. He performs the song “Lost in the Light” and “Already Yours” live in the studio.


Bonus Track: "For Good Reason"


Video: “Already Yours” live in Studio 360

    Music Playlist
  1. Caught Me Thinkin
    Artist: Bahamas
    Album: Barchords
    Label: Universal Republic
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Time and Time Again
    Artist: Bahamas
    Album: Barchords
    Label: Universal Republic
    Purchase: Amazon
  3. Lost in the Light
    Artist: Bahamas
    Album: LIVE in Studio 360
  4. Already Yours
    Artist: Bahamas
    Album: LIVE in Studio 360
  5. For Good Reason
    Artist: Bahamas
    Album: LIVE in Studio 360

Produced by:

Julia Barton and Leital Molad

Comments [3]

latika farrington from Sir Lindon Pinden Astate

i would like to let you seee song i write please make me a stars

Oct. 28 2012 10:49 PM
Jenny from Studio 360

Hi Alli --

Which song are you thinking of? You can find "Already Yours" and "For Good Reason" on Bahamas' first album, "Pink Strat."


Jun. 29 2012 04:52 PM
Alli from Richmond, Virginia

Where can I get this song?? Not on the Barchords album on iTunes from what I can tell. Love the song. Thank you.

Jun. 29 2012 03:18 PM

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