Bahamas: Artist You Should Know

From DJ Valida:

I have no idea how Bahamas’ album “Barchords” ended up in my inbox.

All I remember is that I was getting ready for my KCRW show a couple of weeks ago – which means sorting through a pile of physical CDs and also a digital folder on my desktop where I literally dump everything that accumulates via emails – and I stumbled across it.

I usually listen to three or four tracks by unknown artists before I decide if it’s something I want to play on-air, because I’ve erroneously passed harsh judgments in the past by listening to just one or two tracks. You really have to try a few.

Usually, I select songs based on titles that resonate the most with whatever’s going on internally at the time. In my case, I went for “Never Again”. And it was sublime. Everything about it clicked. I loved the simplicity of it: sparse percussion, electric guitar played with just the right amount of soft, and really superb singing. This combo gets me every time.

Next, I went for its polar opposite — “Time And Time Again” – and, again, it was magnificent.

11 HIDDENTRACK – BAHAMAS – Time And Time Again by Hiddentrackmusic

Pretty soon I realized that every track was brilliant and I was having a hard time deciding on which track to play. Usually I can pick out a favorite right away, but not with “Barchords”.

Each track was absolutely gorgeous and, if I could, I would have played the entire album on my show. Well, I did end up playing four tracks on my show that night, but that’s because the album also came with instrumental versions of nine of the twelve songs featured on the album – and it is perfect music to play in the background and talk over.

Of course, as soon as I heard the music I was curious to find out who was behind this. I discovered that it’s Toronto singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who played piano and guitar on Feist’s latest album, as well as on tour.

No wonder his guitar playing is so ridiculously good (!) and the overall mood of the record is similar to the sweet melancholy that I’ve grown to love so much about Feist’s music.

But honestly, when it comes to music and art in general, the less you can isolate what it is about it that grabs you, the better it is. It’s like falling in love. If you know exactly why, it’s probably not love.

I’m really excited to see Bahamas at SXSW. There are plenty of dates to chose from, and all can be found on his website. And for all Angelenos who can’t make the festival, he will be in LA on March 20 at The Satellite.

– Valida

p.s.: a quick warning, Bahamas conjures up palm trees and coconuts, tropical sea-breeze and sandy beaches, and “Barchords”, didn’t quite deliver in that department. Perhaps not the album you’d go for as you sip on your pina colada while working on your sunburn…Although, the more I listen to it, the more I think I’d take “Barchords” anywhere with me, sandy beaches included.



  1. kwongshin
    May 4, 2014, 11:36 pm

    Thanks to this article, I got to know this fantastic musician! Listened to his music and it was very relaxing. There's no doubt that a lot of people appreciates his songs. Active Domain

  2. Guest
    May 4, 2014, 11:35 pm

    Bahamas is a good artist. Tried to listen to his songs and had a great time! So relaxing. There's no doubt that a lot of people like his music. Thanks to this article, I got to know him. Active Doman

  • Lincoln

    What's up with "Barchodes"?

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  • That was a great piece of music created by the group and i have some of the other collections that i use to listen on regular basis.

  • It is onbe of the oldest band i have known. All the tracks made by them are like a brilliant collect for me.

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  • Songs in this album will definitely complement well with our candlelight dinner this Friday. How I wish he can perform live by our side. Do you have any idea when he will be performing live this year?

  • The rhythm of Bahamas is indeed a unique one. He is able to play the guitar in such a way that it soothes your soul, kind of like being in an island paradise. I would look forward to buying his next album or maybe even attending one of his live concerts.

  • I went with his album, transferred it into my iPod and listened to his music all throughout my flight to New Jersey. I had a very relaxing time and it allowed me to have quality sleep. People with insomnia should try the music in this album.

  • Muriel Landry

    You are right when you said that the tracks are brilliantly laid out and this is what my brothers said as well. There is something about his music that gives you a surreal feeling. It is a perfect music to accompany you whenever you are going on a long driving mode.

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  • Felix Farrell

    You certainly make good choices when it comes to music and this Bahamas is no different. I have been listening to him for several months now and I am inspired by the way he makes his songs. I am a songwriter myself and I am going to make him as my primary influence.

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  • Joshua Coleman

    Bahamas has certainly come a long way since he started a few years ago and I can still feel that he is the same person he once was. He has never forgotten his roots and he is still as humble as ever. I wish him all the best in his career for the years to come.

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  • Kathryn Villarreal

    I have already been briefed about Bahamas and I have learned to appreciate the kind of music the band is playing. While it may not be the best music to use while I am driving, I found it excellent when I am trying to relax on the beach. It helps relieves my stress in a natural way.

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  • Nadia Cantu

    I didn’t have any regrets purchasing his album via iTunes. I love traveling and his music is part of my regular playlist to keep me company. It’s just a shame that I haven’t seen him sing in a live concert yet.

  • Roland Norton

    I met this guy a couple of weeks ago and I didn’t even realize that he is a recording artist. He was such a down to Earth guy that almost anyone can chat with him. If only I had known I would have gotten a picture with him.

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  • Ollie Jarvis

    I knew I heard of this guy already before and I am really having regrets that I didn’t take a picture with him. Now that he is popular, I am trying to attend as many concerts as possible to get my album signed by him. Is he really that hard to approach?

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  • Nona Garner

    I have made a conclusion that Bahamas is an artist that is indeed worth my time after just listening to the first minute of the first track I have listened to. Nothing fancy about his music but it hits the target. I would like to see more of him in live concert soon.
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  • Guest

    Bahamas is a good artist. Tried to listen to his songs and had a great time! So relaxing. There’s no doubt that a lot of people like his music. Thanks to this article, I got to know him. Active Doman

  • kwongshin

    Thanks to this article, I got to know this fantastic musician! Listened to his music and it was very relaxing. There’s no doubt that a lot of people appreciates his songs. Active Domain