Bahamas - "No Wrong" (Brushfire/Republic/UMC): It has been a while since we heard much from Bahamas, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter (real name Afie Jurvanen) who broke through with his previous record, 2014 record Bahamas is Afie.
That is about to change, given the just-announced news that his next record, Earthtones, will be released on Jan. 19, 2018.
"No Wrong" is the first track to be made public, and it is a charming cut that perfectly showcases the mellow and soulful vibe that has brought Bahamas so much success. The piano ballad features the gentle accompaniment of female backing vocals, and it has a tender feel that makes for a refreshing antidote to the more aggressive and edgy brand of R&B dominating the charts and airwaves these days.
A press release notes that much of the album was recorded in a compact, three-day session in Los Angeles, featuring soul great D'Angelo's rhythm section of James Gadson and bassist Pino Palladino, credits sure to help the record gain attention.
Bahamas adds that "the whole thing is produced by my longtime producer and confidante Robbie Lackritz, so you know the sound is correct, totally modern and completely familiar at the same time. It’s a very positive album about having a joie de vivre for the joys of life. Okay, full disclosure... there’s a few slow jams too."
We're certainly salivating to hear more. Bahamas will be previewing the material as he heads Down Under for Australian shows supporting Jack Johnson, plus his own club shows that close out in Auckland on Dec. 10.
A North American tour begins in Halifax on Jan. 12, ending in Asheville, NC, on May 12. The tour includes 13 Canadian dates. A full itinerary can be found here.