Video of the moment
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Acclaimed singer/songwriter Bahamas (real name Afie Jurvanen) is still riding high on the success of his breakthrough third album, Bahamas Is Afie. Released in August 2014, it earned him two JUNO Awards this year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
One of the songs cited for that latter award was "Bitter Memories," and it is now being given new exposure by a lovely brand new animated video clip. It was created by Heather Goodchild, a noted visual artist whose work has been exhibited in such prestigious locales as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Textile Museum of Canada.
It was clearly a labour-intensive project, as the video is an eye-catching collection of over 1000 individual hand drawn sketches of Jurvanen. The imagery matches the mellow feel of the song perfectly.
In a recent interview with Noisey, Jurvanen commented, “my friend Heather has basically worked on everything I’ve ever done. For my first album, Pink Strat, she and I silkscreened the first two hundred covers in my living room. For my second record, she made this rug that said Barchords for that cover, and came up with that whole idea. She’s basically been involved in the general aesthetic of what I’ve been doing since the beginning.”
In what is a very smart and sure to be popular idea, the individual sketches in the video will be made available for sale to fans (while supplies last) on upcoming Canadian tour dates. That national tour begins in Victoria BC at McPherson Playhouse on Nov. 12, concluding at Toronto's Massey Hall on Nov. 27. The fact that the latter show is already sold-out confirms Bahamas is on a real roll. For a full itinerary, go here.
Prior to that tour Bahamas has eight dates in Australia and he'll support City and Colour on a U.S. tour in December, so word of his talent is spreading.