It’s not always easy to judge the brand — or in this case, the band — by the name. So when a Canadian musician of Finnish ancestry goes by the professional name Bahamas, it doesn’t exactly allow for a definitive description.
Nevertheless, singer, songwriter and guitarist Afie Jurvanen has managed to sow a productive career even under that elusive alias. With five albums to his credit, released over the past twelve years, he’s managed to garner multiple Junos, a 2018 Grammy nomination, a wealth of critical kudos and a fan base that’s been building exponentially in the process.
As a result, Jurvanen’s new release, Sad Hunk, finds him facing the fact that he has a lot to live up to. Although the album name seems strange as well—it’s derived from a nickname given him by his wife, supposedly based on the way he’s been portrayed in the press — it’s a supple set of songs that’s as engaging as it is agreeable.
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