Bahamas - Bahamas Is Afie

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It may be tempting to call Bahamas’ Afie Jurvanen a shoe-in for your local coffee shop’s morning to night playlist. And rightfully so: as inventive and exotic as Jurvanen can get, with off-kilter piano tramps, electric tuba, yelp and response, and children’s folk choirs, he invariably steers the wheel back to center each time. Its escape from monotony lies in the nuances he creates within road-rock, and its pacifying sound remains the contradictory takeaway of this album. In some ways, he recalls Eddie Vedder’s solo work for Into The Wild as well as contemporary acts like Ones To Watch band Moon Taxi. Hear it on KCRW’s Album Preview here

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