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.
Self-taught on guitar, Jurvanen has worked with a star lineup of musicians including Feist, Howie Beck, Jason, Collett, Jack Johnson, The Weather Station, and Zeus.
Bahamas Is Afie, was released August 19, 2014 on Brushfire Records/Universal to critical acclaim. 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.