In 2009, Bahamas debut Pink Strat
was far from Afie Jurvanen's initiation into the music world. He's been working for years with fellow Canadians Feist, Jason Collett and Zeus. Listening to Bahamas' new record, Barchords
, you'll wonder why this road-worn guitarist hadn't started his own band earlier. The songs blend surf-rock guitar reverb with Americana folk without deserving to be pegged into any genre, and Jurvanen sings with purpose on this album, sounding like he has been a lead-man his whole career.