Published Oct 26, 2017Toronto-based singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen will return with his latest Bahamas record early next year. Titled Earthtones, the album will arrive on January 19 via Brushfire/Republic Records.
It marks the follow-up to 2014's Bahamas Is Afie, though in the meantime, he's also worked on records with the likes of the Weather Station, Jason Collett and Fred Penner.
Earthtones was recorded over the course of three days and hears Jurvanen playing alongside James Gadson and Pino Palladino, who have worked with Beck and John Mayer, respectively. Both musicians also played as part of the Vanguard on D'Angelo's acclaimed 2014 record Black Messiah. it was produced by Jurvanen's long-time manager Robbie Lackritz.
UPDATE (10/27, 11 a.m. EDT): Full album details have now arrived. See the album artwork pictured above, and find the tracklisting down below. Bahamas has also unveiled a string of North American tour dates for the new year. See all the upcoming shows below.
In a statement about the new album, Jurvanen said: "I wrote songs about having success, having kids, and having depression. I wrote songs about going on tour, going back in time and going in circles. I wrote songs about my other worldly wife, my jerk dad and my garbage relationship with my brother. Crazy right?!"
In a new interview with Billboard, Jurvanen cites Black Messiah as one of his most influential records in the last few years, but also points to Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak and Kanye West as creative touchstones.
Despite the heavy hip-hop inspirations behind the record, the first single "No Wrong" keeps pretty in line with the folksy soul sound we've come to expect from Bahamas.
"The verses are all little snapshots about struggling with the day-to-day of my life," he told Billboard, speaking about the new song. "The verses are that struggle, and then you get to the chorus and it's like 'I can do, I can do no wrong.' I get to hang out with my buddies and play music, go swimming and eat French fries. Compared to a lot of the awful stuff that's going on the world, most days I feel pretty good."
Listen to "No Wrong" down below. Pre-orders for the new album begin tomorrow (October 27); you can pre-order it on tan vinyl via Umusic.
2. Opening Act (The Shooby Dooby Song)
3. No Wrong
4. Show Me Naomi
5. No Expectations
6. Way with Words
7. Bad Boys Need Love Too
8. Everything to Everyone
9. So Free
10. No Depression
11. Any Place
11/30 Sydney,Australia – Sydney Opera House Forecourt *
12/01 Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera House Forecourt *
12/02 Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera House Forecourt *
12/03 Brisbane, Australia – Riverstage *
12/04 Sydney, Australia – The Basement
12/05 Perth, Australia – Mojo's
12/06 Perth, Australia – Kings Park *
12/08 Melbourne, Australia – Sidney Meyer Music Bowl *
12/09 Melbourne, Australia – Northcote Social Club
12/10 Auckland, New Zealand – Villa Maria
01/14 Moncton, NB – Capitol Theatre
01/15 Saint John, NB – Imperial Theatre
01/16 Fredericton, NB – Playhouse
01/17 Montreal, QC – Lion d'Or
01/18 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
01/19 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/13 Detroit, MI – El Club
02/14 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
02/15 Oklahoma City, OK – Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO
02/16 Dallas, TX – The Kessler
02/17 Austin, TX – Antone's
02/19 Denver, CO – Bluebird
02/21 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram
02/23 San Diego, CA – Belly Up
02/24 San Francisco, CA – Independent
02/26 Portland, OR – Alberta Rose
02/27 Seattle, WA – Neptune
02/28 Victoria, BC – The Royal Theatre
03/01 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
03/02 Kamloops, BC – CJ's Nightclub
03/03 Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
03/05 Edmonton, AB – Winspear Centre
03/06 Saskatoon, SK – Third Avenue United Church
03/07 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
03/08 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
03/09 Milwaukee, WI –Turner Hall
03/10 Chicago, IL – The Metro
05/03 Boston, MA – Sinclair
05/04 Philadelphia, PA – WCL
05/05 Pittsburg, PA – Mr. Smalls
05/06 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05/08 Carboro, NC – Cats's Cradle
05/09 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
05/11 Nashville, TN – Cannery
05/12 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
* with Jack Johnson