Article by: Colton Eddy
Afie Jurvanan, aka Bahamas, recently released a collection of songs as part of an iTunes Session - among them is a re-imagined rendition of Bobby Womack's "Please Forgive My Heart".
In light of his Juno-nominated sophomore album Barchords, Bahamas' self-produced EP offers another set of beautifully bittersweet, infectiously uplifting melodies. Unlike the typical iTunes formula, this isn't a rehash of album material - it features this Bobby Womack cover, another of Bobby Charles' "I Must Be In A Good Place Now" and a duet with former tour-mate, Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station. There's a feeling of nostalgic transformation back to a time when an album's beauty was not measure just by songs and musicianship, but also by its simplicity. With this organic sound, Bahamas EP is nothing more or less than a few musicians exploring raw sentiments acoustically in a digital era.
With some tongue in cheek, the mildly informative video for "Please Forgive My Heart" takes the form of a "behind-the-scenes" look at that recording process. It's an exploration of the analog world behind Bahamas, incorporating the use of a Motown-style 8-track tape to an incredibly rare 1967 Germanium Neve recording console and the secret mathematical connotation that more knobs = better music. The make-shift simplicity of the visual takes nothing away from the song's subtleties - Jason Tait's drumming and the vocals from Felicity Williams and Carleigh Aikins. It's a testament to both Womack's songwriting and Bahamas' ability to strip it down and break it into lovelorn pieces.
Bahamas will be making his was cross-Canada this summer, primarily with festival appearances. Check out those dates and the Bobby Womack original below.
July 04 - Ottawa Bluesfest - Ottawa, ON
July 05 - Mariposa Folk Festival - Orillia, ON
July 06 - Mariposa Folk Festival - Orillia, ON
July 11 - Impérial De Québec - Quebec City, Canada
July 26 - Calgary Folk Festival - Calgary, Canada
July 27 - Wicker Park Festival - Chicago, IL
Aug 09 - Wolfe Island Festival - Kingston, ON
Aug 10 - Regina Folk Festival - Regina, SK
Aug 17 - Molson Amphitheatre w/ Blue Rodeo - Toronto, ON